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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 10:26 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 4:33 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 9:46 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 4:12 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 10:05 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 10:34 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 10:33 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 12:26 pm
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 8:23 pm
Lex
B STAR
B STAR
9 May 2011

New House Site Layout Tolerance

New House Site Layout Tolerance

Might sound like a am asking a stupid question. But how are you measuring this? Are you just butting the measuring tape upto the fence???

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B STAR
May 09, 2011 1:49 pm
Jewelbaby
Jewelbaby
18 May 2011

Quality of painted walls

Quality of painted walls

Thank Sarah, that isn't something I'd even thought I could do! It's been 2.5 weeks now and not only have we not heard anything, our SS is actually not taking or returning…

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Jewelbaby
May 18, 2011 10:11 am
joles
joles
18 May 2011

Shared Boundary With Council - NEW FENCE REQUIRED

Shared Boundary With Council - NEW FENCE REQUIRED

Check your land contract if you bought the land and built, or the sale of contract if you bought established. We have two boundaries on private land that will become…

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joles
May 18, 2011 10:31 pm
joles
wizard
wizard
23 May 2011

URGENT HELP PLEASE! Building inspector needed - Tarneit area

URGENT HELP PLEASE! Building inspector needed - Tarneit area

Thanks baysidehome, not too late yet, we are still working a few things out

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wizard
May 23, 2011 12:02 pm
wizard
Malcolm Axford
Malcolm Axford
24 May 2011

90% of house perimeter brick wall overhang by more than 30mm

90% of house perimeter brick wall overhang by more than 30mm

30mm definitely exceeds the allowable limit of brickwork overhanging the slab. When it is so widespread I would make sure the builder gets the engineer involved to either…

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Malcolm Axford
May 24, 2011 2:19 pm
idoitmymay
idoitmymay
25 May 2011

foil backed insu under flat steel roof

foil backed insu under flat steel roof

Rafter, battens, sisalation (silver side down), roof sheets. Screws go through roof sheet and sisalation. In domestic settings you dont even worry…

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idoitmymay
May 25, 2011 10:00 am
aazman
aazman
25 May 2011

Shadow Clad Probs

Shadow Clad Probs

We built a little while ago with M and have had a continuing problem the shadow clad on the upper level of our house. It seems to continually buckle outwards at the top…

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aazman
May 25, 2011 12:21 pm
irkj
irkj
25 May 2011

Does this need to be fixed, and if so, how?

Does this need to be fixed, and if so, how?

Should be meeting the SS later this week to walk through the house anyways, so I'll definitely bring that up and see his opinion on it. @Malcolm, good idea, I shall…

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irkj
May 25, 2011 4:17 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
1 June 2011

External Door Damage - Not Painted on all sides

External Door Damage - Not Painted on all sides

I'd be questioning their line of clear sealer as it sounds very strange that they would go to the trouble of applying this sealer to only the top and bottom of the doors…

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chrisandkate
Jun 01, 2011 11:43 am
Casa2
Casa2
4 June 2011

cosmopolitan homes finishing quality

cosmopolitan homes finishing quality

Hi, We are thinking of building with Cosmopolitan in Nelsons Ridge due to their present in the area. We spoke to their sales guy couple of times…

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Casa2
Jun 04, 2011 11:35 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
6 June 2011

Do I have an issue ((Roof trusses do not line up)

Do I have an issue ((Roof trusses do not line up)

The trusses do not have to land directly over studs if the top plate(s) are designed to carry the load over the span. This is calculated from the roof load area that is…

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ausdesign
Jun 06, 2011 9:09 am
ausdesign
irkj
irkj
9 June 2011

How do I deal with the final payment - please advice

How do I deal with the final payment - please advice

If you're using a standard HIA contract, I believe the allowance is 25% from the stated amount. So if the allowance is $7000, the highest amount would end up being…

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irkj
Jun 09, 2011 11:54 am
foc1
foc1
11 June 2011

Guttering Standards

Guttering Standards

I do know that round downpipes have a larger clearance rate than the 100 x 50 which may help

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foc1
Jun 11, 2011 9:44 am
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cherub
Jun 14, 2011 7:45 am
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
20 June 2011

Clearance standards under floor??

Clearance standards under floor??

Hi Tjilpi - I could have just said here, but I just PM'd you to say thank you so much, but that won't be necessary just yet. Thanks again. Today, DP pulled off all the…

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How Hard Can it Be
Jun 20, 2011 7:42 pm
snoofie
snoofie
26 June 2011

60mm Overhang On Bricks?

60mm Overhang On Bricks?
1, 2

My main concern would actually be that the lintel may be underrated for the task. I believe the size of the lintel should be on your plans.. Our garage has about 15mm…

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snoofie
Jun 26, 2011 10:50 pm
snoofie
cwoern
cwoern
27 June 2011

New house, shower cabin leakes, tiles no more available

New house, shower cabin leakes, tiles no more available

Hello, Tried to find a similar topic as I believed somebody must have had the same problem but couldn't find anything similar. Our house (hand over last year August)…

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cwoern
Jun 27, 2011 1:38 pm
Lex
Lex
28 June 2011

What is easement?? Building next to various PIPES

What is easement?? Building next to various PIPES

Thanks foc. Yes it's true, you can get almost all services on your land via Dial b4 u Dig, I did that before we built the house. I realised this is the so-called 'domestic…

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Lex
Jun 28, 2011 11:31 pm
Lex
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Daveoz
Jun 29, 2011 3:40 pm
evo550
evo550
4 July 2011

Cutting concrete sleepers for a retaining wall.

Cutting concrete sleepers for a retaining wall.

Daveoz, Depending on your particular manufacturer, but generally yes. Although the ends should be sealed with a 2 part epoxy or the like to protect the exposed reo from…

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evo550
Jul 04, 2011 4:18 pm
architect
architect
10 July 2011

Is such brick support acceptable?

Is such brick support acceptable?

alexch i presume the angles will be covered over with sand at a later stage?? some appropriate paint treatment over the dynabolts and angles would be handy to eliminate…

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architect
Jul 10, 2011 1:35 am
architect
architect
10 July 2011

HELP: fixing vent pipe AFTER plastering?

HELP: fixing vent pipe AFTER plastering?

did you take a photo? tell the site supervisor you are not happy with his apparaent disregard to prompty attend to and fix problems as they arise. this is not a…

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architect
Jul 10, 2011 1:46 am
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
20 July 2011

Would it be unreasonable to ask for photographic evidence?

Would it be unreasonable to ask for photographic evidence?

Eve Dweller, would you mind sharing with us where we can hire such device please? wouldn't mind PM if it's inappropriate to name the company/store in public forum.

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EmeryBB
Jul 20, 2011 6:06 pm
Steveo
Steveo
20 July 2011

A question about the storm water pipes

A question about the storm water pipes

If I can ask different storm water question. Our builder didn't calculate the fall to the kerb Chanel and wants $8k to build an underground water tank in the from of the…

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Steveo
Jul 20, 2011 8:12 pm
Steveo
berrychoc
berrychoc
24 July 2011

Fitzgibbon Chase

Fitzgibbon Chase
QLD

Hi, I'm new to this forum. My fiance and I have been thinking of buying our first home and stumbled upon Fitzgibbon Chase. Do you guys think that the land value might go…

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berrychoc
Jul 24, 2011 10:22 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
27 July 2011

Brick colours not right

Brick colours not right

Did you actually choose the same bricks and mortar as the display? Brick color can be a little off if you chose a different roof color also.

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chrisandkate
Jul 27, 2011 11:07 am
umehomes
umehomes
30 July 2011

Good licensed certifier in Canberra-Framing stage inspection

Good licensed certifier in Canberra-Framing stage inspection

Thanks very much whatever563, property-work people are on leave at the moment and will return on 05/08/2011. However, I need to conduct the inspection next week some time…

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umehomes
Jul 30, 2011 4:08 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
1 August 2011

what size subfloor access door?

what size subfloor access door?

There is no requirement. The lintel obviously needs to suit the load & the opening. The material type needs to meet (if any) BAL requirements.

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ausdesign
Aug 01, 2011 8:27 am
ausdesign
ctoz
ctoz
4 August 2011

termite baiting

termite baiting

We need to install a termite prevention system around a small house. I've researched several options, but find there's a gap in the information, which makes it difficult…

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ctoz
Aug 04, 2011 11:53 am
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
6 August 2011

a question about O/A Plates height.

a question about O/A Plates height.

Thanks Peter, measured it this arvo, it's around 2520 from floor to truss, so I guess my garage will have a finished ceiling height of 2.5m.

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EmeryBB
Aug 06, 2011 1:43 am
bashworth
bashworth
6 August 2011

Should I get a Dilapidation Report done to avoid being sued?

Should I get a Dilapidation Report done to avoid being sued?

Your neighbour will sue you and then its up to you to see if you can pass the responsibility on to either the builder or the surveyor. I would say you should get the…

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bashworth
Aug 06, 2011 5:48 pm
bashworth
btherl
btherl
9 August 2011

Removing building debris

Removing building debris

My builder left what I consider to be a large amount of bricks and tiles and other rubbish under the ground in the backyard. We only found these when we started…

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btherl
Aug 09, 2011 10:39 am
btherl
girlfriday
girlfriday
10 August 2011

Building standards and tolerances for a renovation & defect

Building standards and tolerances for a renovation & defect

go they still apply for a renovation? For instance we previously had a 30mm step from the carpet hallway and will the new floor tiles (approx the same height) they have…

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girlfriday
Aug 11, 2011 12:45 am
catjim
catjim
13 August 2011

Slab height incorrect

Slab height incorrect

I have longed a conciliation application with BACV (Building Commission) and a meeting with the building commission inspector, conciliator and…

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catjim
Aug 13, 2011 11:25 pm
abrickspecialist
abrickspecialist
18 August 2011

Concerns after frame and brickwork inspection

Concerns after frame and brickwork inspection

Building inspectors crack me up! ::hyst:: ::hyst:: They get paid to run around and pick out things that are wrong to justify their existance when most of them have no idea what they…

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abrickspecialist
Aug 18, 2011 10:10 pm
AJW
AJW
20 August 2011

Framing stage concerns, advice please

Framing stage concerns, advice please

2. Is it the right procedure to start some brick work while roof truss still not complete? 3. See the brick work at garage area, is it normal…

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AJW
Aug 20, 2011 9:58 pm
indidi
indidi
24 August 2011

earthing / grounding of steel frame house

earthing / grounding of steel frame house

Our friend is an electrical engineer who specialises in earthing so our steel frame house is earthed everywhere! As E1109 mentions we have our reinforcing mesh in the…

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indidi
Aug 24, 2011 8:44 am
zeitgeber
zeitgeber
1 September 2011

Fixing stage question

Fixing stage question

This is what my HIA Victorian new Homes Contract…

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zeitgeber
Sep 01, 2011 10:08 am
zeitgeber
eyspy
eyspy
1 September 2011

Plastic Mains Water Pipes

Plastic Mains Water Pipes

Plastic in our last 3 homes and no problems at all. Faulty workmanship is evident in ALL types of material and should be addressed at every available opportunity. As an…

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eyspy
Sep 01, 2011 11:15 am
B STAR
B STAR
9 September 2011

Plumbing specs - Pipe sizes

Plumbing specs - Pipe sizes

Direct Wholesale is wholesale distributor of quality products, accessories and consumables for the plumbing and electrical trades.

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B STAR
Sep 09, 2011 2:02 pm


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