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building-expert
building-expert
25 September 2014

Is your build the minimum standard?

Is your build the minimum standard?
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Hi B_E, I've noticed that in quite a few of your posts you bag 'The Guide to Standards and Tolerances' by the ex-Building Commission. And I take it…

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building-expert
Sep 26, 2014 12:02 am
building-expert
Rache
Rache
29 September 2014

Exterior colours

Exterior colours

I know what you mean. You've got time with choosing your interior wall colours haven't you? Could you wait til you get cabinets etc in and see how it all looks?. I was…

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Rache
Sep 29, 2014 11:08 pm
Rache
enaj80
enaj80
3 October 2014

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

Can you use liquid limestone to construct a wall in a house

http://kezandgonzo.blogspot.com.au/ did you go ahead? In my blog above there are photos of our rammed earth home using crushed limestone

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enaj80
Oct 03, 2014 8:23 pm
justlearning
justlearning
4 October 2014

Structural Support for Corner Window

Structural Support for Corner Window

Thanks for the feedback. We had a meeting with the site supervisor yesterday. Updates about the construction questions have been posted on my build thread here…

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justlearning
Oct 04, 2014 10:46 am
justlearning
Crazyk
Crazyk
6 October 2014

Contour Survey Variations

Contour Survey Variations

In essence it looks like the want to use the slab perimeter edge beams as the retaining wall. Retaining walls are often expensive in themselves. Ask them what options…

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Crazyk
Oct 06, 2014 10:38 pm
Crazyk
trayracer
trayracer
7 October 2014

Structural timber orientation for deck

Structural timber orientation for deck

Thanks for the responses. I think I'll just have two decks: one on concrete and one freestanding one. I was going to have separate bearers anyway, rather than attaching a…

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trayracer
Oct 07, 2014 9:30 pm
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ashilleong
Oct 19, 2014 10:23 am
ashilleong
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
20 October 2014

High rise property creaking sounds

High rise property creaking sounds

Hi biba8169, I very much doubt that there is a structural fault of any importance with a multi-storey apartment block, but you never know. I suggest you ask those who…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 20, 2014 12:37 am
Dale80
Dale80
20 October 2014

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

A better alternative to risk assessment paperwork?

I swear that it is taking longer and longer everytime I fill out the risk assessment/jsa/swms paperwork. I've heard around site that there are now phone apps that make…

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Dale80
Oct 20, 2014 5:48 pm
aguan28
aguan28
20 October 2014

Some Joists, frame issues and a puddle in the concrete

Some Joists, frame issues and a puddle in the concrete

Secondly, there are some short joists(not sure how to call them) in between floors. One side of the room has a full…

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aguan28
Oct 20, 2014 9:58 pm
SaimaQ
SaimaQ
23 October 2014

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

Fixing a bad brick job - Is render the only answer?

Generally I have noticed the cracks appear in render sometimes and also the rain marks often look very dirty. I have been told to you may need a wash every 3-4yrs. But we…

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SaimaQ
Oct 23, 2014 4:04 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
31 October 2014

Building Warranty Insurance pathetic?

Building Warranty Insurance pathetic?

Hi Liliana and SaveH2O, Relevant authorities indeed! I was shocked at the increase in VCAT authority in the recent proposed changes to warranty insurance and general…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 31, 2014 2:28 pm
mgilla
mgilla
13 November 2014

Ceiling gap

Ceiling gap

Not really a slog Jonoo, the extra cost is well and truly justified.

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mgilla
Nov 13, 2014 6:52 pm
trayracer
trayracer
18 November 2014

Standards around decking blocking weepholes

Standards around decking blocking weepholes

I was told to leave at least a 20mm gap between the house and the deck to allow for termite inspection, at least, that's how I'll be building my deck. Instead of using a…

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trayracer
Nov 18, 2014 11:37 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 November 2014

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

Government/Council rules for unit bedroom flooring

It's against strata laws ( in NSW anyway but I'd imagine it would be very similar in QLD ) to have hard flooring if there is a unit below you. The only rooms you can do…

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Stewie D
Nov 20, 2014 6:48 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
24 November 2014

Ghastly windows, would you have them in your home?

Ghastly windows, would you have them in your home?

I'm not 100% sure but there might be something under consumer law that covers for unpleasant aesthetics like that which will be in sight view. I'm just thinking along…

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Crazyk
Nov 24, 2014 7:39 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 November 2014

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Gyprocking square set gap to floor 40mm

Thanks mgilla I have no idea what is complete and what's not.

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Crazyk
Nov 25, 2014 6:16 am
Crazyk
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 November 2014

Victorian Regs for Water Temp/Water Heaters?

Victorian Regs for Water Temp/Water Heaters?

Yeah, I knew your sentiment but I…

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SaveH2O
Nov 25, 2014 10:05 am
SaveH2O
shadowarrior
shadowarrior
4 December 2014

Need advice about retaining wall construction

Need advice about retaining wall construction

Thanks Matt. Does H at max fill point indicate height? Yeah I thought the adjoining lot was sold, but found out it wasn't. Would have been easier if we put up the…

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shadowarrior
Dec 04, 2014 11:36 am
MezariOz
MezariOz
4 December 2014

Brickwork - Mortar - Poor quality?

Brickwork - Mortar - Poor quality?

SIgh yes in hind sight I should have done that... Heh, any chance I can amend the contract to add this clause after the fact? Another thing going down as lesson learnt.

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MezariOz
Dec 04, 2014 12:44 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
4 December 2014

Occupancy Certificate and Work As Expected

Occupancy Certificate and Work As Expected

Trayracer yes you need to complete the additional works within the timeframe or the OC will be revoked. I will be in the same situation whereby I need to have insulation…

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Crazyk
Dec 04, 2014 8:45 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
6 December 2014

Vandalism is not dead! Long live vandalism!

Vandalism is not dead! Long live vandalism!
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Worst way to approach a build. "Close your eyes and hope for the best". The problem with your statement is that what you dont know CAN hurt.…

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Crazyk
Dec 06, 2014 11:24 am
Crazyk
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
7 December 2014

Ceiling Heights

Ceiling Heights

We paid for extra ceiling height for our ground floor on our new build (standard was 2550 we purchased 2700), this cost us approximately…

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RedHotMike
Dec 07, 2014 5:17 pm
building-expert
building-expert
7 December 2014

Which drawings take priority - architectural or engineering?

Which drawings take priority - architectural or engineering?

Builders designing for themselves are not required to employ qualified designers. This in theory means that builders can have clueless or a bunch of industry rejects…

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building-expert
Dec 07, 2014 6:51 pm
building-expert
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 December 2014

Help:Need advice, Mortar Problems.. pics attatched

Help:Need advice, Mortar Problems.. pics attatched

Ha , fooled me too ! I didn't even look at the date of the original post. I was just responding to the posts by CK and MyH1L. Stewie

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Stewie D
Dec 09, 2014 9:49 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 December 2014

Living to Laundy/Bathroom floor height

Living to Laundy/Bathroom floor height

If you don't know about something there is no such thing as a dumb question CK. On the other hand I have seen lots of dumb answers ! Stewie

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Stewie D
Dec 09, 2014 2:18 pm
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
13 December 2014

AC Truss design

AC Truss design

The only way to use your roof for storage without risking overloading the trusses is to install floor bearers/joints supported off the walls.…

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RedHotMike
Dec 13, 2014 10:43 pm
Jimmy234
Jimmy234
16 December 2014

Steel Bearer/ Edge Joist to Support Post

Steel Bearer/ Edge Joist to Support Post

Thanks. Yeah. Be a bit more damage if the big ones rust out though :shock: :)

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Jimmy234
Dec 16, 2014 9:02 pm
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
18 December 2014

Site levels and drainage

Site levels and drainage

Brian... on your site you mention 75mm fall over 1m. The proposal given to us has 50mm fall over 1m. Would that…

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tlblhayward
Dec 18, 2014 11:10 pm
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
23 December 2014

A Guide to Building a House... Properly!

A Guide to Building a House... Properly!

There a several excellent H1 threads that the Guide could also refer to. Some of the slab heave threads would be eye openers for many as would…

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tlblhayward
Dec 23, 2014 3:23 am
tlblhayward
mgilla
mgilla
27 December 2014

Gyprock advice please!

Gyprock advice please!

Do you have niche in the shower wall? Looks like the reason for the holes made by the hammer. How they make the hole has no bearing on the finished product contrary to the…

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mgilla
Dec 27, 2014 6:46 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 December 2014

Gyprock advice please

Gyprock advice please

Click on each photo then navigate to the "share links " box on the right. Click on the IMG box which will then say copied and paste that link into your thread here. It…

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Stewie D
Dec 28, 2014 10:51 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
31 December 2014

Are these tiles faulty ??

Are these tiles faulty ??

Oh call them out on that. Get the smaller grout width. Not only does it look better but less to get dirty. If it's in the contract hold them to it Also, it's fine for…

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Crazyk
Dec 31, 2014 12:22 pm
Crazyk
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
1 January 2015

Crumbling Slab - concerned

Crumbling Slab - concerned

The exposed edge of the slab looks well compacted without any voids. The crumbling of the edge of the set down (which will be concealed when…

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Treeseachanger
Jan 01, 2015 10:30 am
chippy
chippy
2 January 2015

Are you building in a problem soil area?

Are you building in a problem soil area?
1, 2, 3, 4

Yes that is a good point and I was very interested in StructuralBIMGuy's input where in WA they are closely involved in…

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chippy
Jan 02, 2015 2:15 pm
chippy
Sunpower
Sunpower
5 January 2015

Notch depth

Notch depth

the code say normally it is a 1/3 of the depth. but in my opinion, this may inapproperiate in some case, which depend on the loading conditions, etc

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Sunpower
Jan 05, 2015 7:31 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 January 2015

Perth Building standards

Perth Building standards
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One of my clients had a house designed similarly by an architect with concrete floors and in slab heating but a BV home in the central West of NSW where they have pretty…

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Stewie D
Jan 07, 2015 1:11 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
17 January 2015

Truss an Fascia

Truss an Fascia

@33amc yes I did read they have to pick the option too. I'm also no truss expert. I'm just going by what it says. It just shows carelessness in the industry when it…

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Crazyk
Jan 17, 2015 4:43 pm
Crazyk
Indali
Indali
23 January 2015

Anyone familiar with Vic Park WA R20 code?

Anyone familiar with Vic Park WA R20 code?

Hi Alex, You can download the R codes and explanatory notes from here (about half way down): http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/637.asp They apply to all of WA, but your…

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Indali
Jan 23, 2015 12:41 pm
Slab Heave Recipient
Slab Heave Recipient
23 January 2015

Slab hole filled with sand?

Slab hole filled with sand?

Hahhaa I took it literally, but I reckon you're on the ball 110%

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Slab Heave Recipient
Jan 23, 2015 7:58 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
24 January 2015

Damp Proof Course Rectification

Damp Proof Course Rectification
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How did I miss that? Lol He's so active maybe it's overload of his posts

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Crazyk
Jan 24, 2015 6:54 am
Crazyk
33amc
33amc
24 January 2015

Garage retaining wall

Garage retaining wall
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Starter bars? What starter bars? You can't use them with double brick unless you core filled a cavity and made it…

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33amc
Jan 24, 2015 12:16 pm
Liliana
Liliana
24 January 2015

R.L of slab

R.L of slab

Hi bpratt, No worries. I know that this is a really important issue and should be where it can assist the most people. Unfortunately the people who probably need it the…

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Liliana
Jan 24, 2015 12:32 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 January 2015

Brick Mortar lining up

Brick Mortar lining up

Bricks will be finished end of next week so I suppose it will be soon after that. Does electrical rough in need to be done for lockup? If so then it will be the week…

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Crazyk
Jan 25, 2015 6:35 am
Crazyk
goody59
goody59
1 February 2015

Download NCC for Free (through ABCB)

Download NCC for Free (through ABCB)

Up until now the National Construction Code has been a set of documents that have needed to be purchased. As of the 1st of February 2015,…

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goody59
Feb 01, 2015 9:28 pm
goody59
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 February 2015

Damaged plumbing stacks prior to slab pour

Damaged plumbing stacks prior to slab pour

As SaveH2O says the pink primer should always be used. I've tried to separate a piece of pipe from a fitting in the past where both primer and glue were used and it is…

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Stewie D
Feb 02, 2015 9:44 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
4 February 2015

Who to Hire to Look After Your best Interest?

Who to Hire to Look After Your best Interest?

That is correct HIA and MBA contracts heavily favour the BUILDER. Goodluck if you intend to delay,frustrate or terminate the build. For you to stop work or terminate there…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2015 9:07 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Crazyk
Crazyk
4 February 2015

Slab freeboard

Slab freeboard

I'm guessing that the measurement is to protect from flood which leads me to think that it's from any surface.

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Crazyk
Feb 04, 2015 9:51 pm
Crazyk
building-expert
building-expert
6 February 2015

Building surveyor

Building surveyor

Thank you Leonardo But thermal imaging is not just for detection of missing or defective insulation but also can pick up many other types of defects. In the photos below…

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building-expert
Feb 06, 2015 7:21 am
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