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boostdef
boostdef
6 June 2010

Deck Regulations in Queensland

Deck Regulations in Queensland

I too am seeking regulations on a raised deck in the ipswich area. If I find anything I will sure let you know :) Until then, ill keep on searching :)

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boostdef
Jun 06, 2010 3:35 pm
cwoern
cwoern
7 June 2010

Brickwork ok?

Brickwork ok?

Thanks for all hints and advices. The downpipe was unfortunately not installed in a way to cover that. I talked to a bricklayer (German, 25 years experience there but…

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cwoern
Jun 07, 2010 12:55 pm
Dylan
Dylan
7 June 2010

Certificates of Electrical Safety in VIC (new built home)

Certificates of Electrical Safety in VIC (new built home)

Yes you should receive that at handover along with the plumbers and also termite protection certificates

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Dylan
Jun 07, 2010 6:39 pm
foc1
foc1
8 June 2010

Is it ok to plaster before brickwork?

Is it ok to plaster before brickwork?

Dont forget about vandalism, I suspect an OPEN house would be inviting to young vandals....

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foc1
Jun 08, 2010 1:51 pm
pink2010
pink2010
8 June 2010

Building to Land ratio permitted in Waneroo Shire Perth

Building to Land ratio permitted in Waneroo Shire Perth

Hey Fozzie Shire of Wanneroo covers a few areas. It depends on whether the block is zoned R20 or R40. R20 blocks are normally bigger, and your house can take up a maximum…

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pink2010
Jun 08, 2010 4:58 pm
boostdef
boostdef
10 June 2010

Building Permit for Raised Deck with roof

Building Permit for Raised Deck with roof

Thanks for clearing that up Dennis! Appreciate it mate :) Ok so I have spoken to the council and need to lodge some plans and engineering calcs. I remember using a design…

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boostdef
Jun 10, 2010 11:33 am
Casa2
Casa2
15 June 2010

Do these expansion joints look ok to you?

Do these expansion joints look ok to you?

Looking at the first two photos, things don't look all that bad. chances are after they put in the sealing compound the perps (vertical bits) will be concealed. The third…

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Casa2
Jun 15, 2010 1:07 pm
d3p
d3p
15 June 2010

Is this the right Standard? Porch bricks, slab and pipes

Is this the right Standard? Porch bricks, slab and pipes

hey thanks little misses... yeah the stuff ! hhehehehe :) apparently, the ss told me, they will fill gaps with silicone.... at later stage... so let's see how it goes. ss…

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d3p
Jun 15, 2010 9:42 pm
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cwoern
Jun 20, 2010 4:10 pm
Tinks
Tinks
22 June 2010

House not build square Help!!

House not build square Help!!

We are at enclosed stage. Solilcitor has docs going back and forth but the builder is lying is arse off. I will go to QCAT if I need to. Do you recommend anything.

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Tinks
Jun 22, 2010 8:26 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
24 June 2010

window set back from boundry?

window set back from boundry?

Thanks room4acubby, I'll take it up with my builder. The current design has them deleting the eave over the window only, which looks stupid on the plan, and I'm sure even…

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chrisandkate
Jun 24, 2010 3:55 pm
DAQ3030
DAQ3030
28 June 2010

Complicated: renos not approved looking for advice

Complicated: renos not approved looking for advice

Hi - that is really tough ... here are my non-lawyer thoughts: We recently purchased a house that had a development application and it is still valid however the owners…

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DAQ3030
Jun 28, 2010 6:45 pm
DAQ3030
DAQ3030
30 June 2010

Getting stairs right ...

Getting stairs right ...

Thanks for these measurements - problem is now solved!!!!

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DAQ3030
Jun 30, 2010 6:19 pm
Mark
Mark
2 July 2010

how do I improve low water pressure?

how do I improve low water pressure?

Hey guys the issue with this you need to take out the water saving device inside the tap. I never understood why bath taps need to have this device installed as in the end…

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Mark
Jul 02, 2010 7:31 pm
Mark
room4acubby
room4acubby
4 July 2010

What constitutes 'Beginning of Construction'???

What constitutes 'Beginning of Construction'???

Unfortunately I can't give you a concrete answer to this, however their may be some or my…

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room4acubby
Jul 04, 2010 4:25 pm
room4acubby

When can I move in?

When can I move in?

Hi We're about to embark on owner building a weekender with very few funds. We're planning on building to lock-up initially, then gradually, as…

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misskittyfantastico
Jul 04, 2010 8:36 pm
misskittyfantastico
digamma
digamma
19 July 2010

Piggy back Air conditioners

Piggy back Air conditioners

My whole house has split systems and only 2 circuit breakers for 6 a/c units. No idea bout the wiring, but by your own admission, you used a reputable a/c installer. Trust…

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digamma
Jul 19, 2010 4:20 pm
digamma
kyton
kyton
22 July 2010

Cancelling your building contract....has anyone done it?

Cancelling your building contract....has anyone done it?

We cancelled ours but that was because our builder was going bankrupt. We were lucky that the home was 90-95% completed when we started hearing whispers. We spoke to one…

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kyton
Jul 22, 2010 1:06 pm
kyton
cherub
cherub
26 July 2010

Shadow line cornicing on a curved wall.

Shadow line cornicing on a curved wall.

Shadow line can be done on a curve, the profile has to be cut and formed.

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cherub
Jul 26, 2010 7:30 am
TDS
TDS
27 July 2010

Top hat batten specs

Top hat batten specs

Hi all can anyone help me at all I am building a shed and am having alot of trouble finding the spec for top hat batten I would like to know the max…

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TDS
Jul 27, 2010 8:52 pm
SteveH
SteveH
2 August 2010

Plumbing - Water meter to house

Plumbing - Water meter to house

300mm is specified for several reasons, including electrical conductivity with earth. Copper mains water feeds are still used in Australia as a primary earth inconjunction…

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SteveH
Aug 02, 2010 10:35 am
Hyper
Hyper
6 August 2010

Fireplace Flue: best type of flashing for Colorbond roof?

Fireplace Flue: best type of flashing for Colorbond roof?

We've just had the triple flue installed for our inbuilt wood heater for our new home. We paid extra to the fireplace supplier to have a Dektite flashing around the flue…

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Hyper
Aug 06, 2010 3:50 pm
eli
eli
9 August 2010

lintel support for cavity in the brickwall

lintel support for cavity in the brickwall

Thanks for the reply. I am chasing the plumber to provide me with a plumbing compliance certificate. The cavity is at the bottom of the wall, and there are about 15 rows…

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eli
Aug 09, 2010 9:41 pm
Timm
Timm
17 August 2010

Gap between slab and brickwork?

Gap between slab and brickwork?

Are you talking about a 3/4cm gap between the edge of slap and the start of the edge of the brick? It isn't normal to such large spacing between the edge of slab and…

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Timm
Aug 17, 2010 5:29 pm
Timm
Casa2
Casa2
17 August 2010

Tradie GST discount for no reciept?

Tradie GST discount for no reciept?
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Often tradesmen will verbally quote a price to me and I think it's final..then when theyre finished they ask for plus gst. Is this OK if it's not…

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Casa2
Aug 17, 2010 10:11 pm
Jason1
Jason1
19 August 2010

Storm water connections

Storm water connections

Giday, Looking for some guidance please. We just built a great home on Logan City Council, Underwood, Brisbane. We are having problems with drainage due to all…

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Jason1
Aug 19, 2010 8:22 am
joles
joles
19 August 2010

Brick joints - is this okay??

Brick joints - is this okay??

Don't worry about it. They have to come and put some coloured silicony type stuff (technical term) over the foam. Any foam…

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joles
Aug 19, 2010 10:10 pm
joles
cous1981
cous1981
23 August 2010

Mains & Recycled Water Outlets

Mains & Recycled Water Outlets

Thanks b0b555. There does not seem to be any reason why they HAVE to be there. I have checked with our estate manager about estate regulations, I have checked with our…

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cous1981
Aug 23, 2010 9:17 am
PatD
PatD
24 August 2010

Building Permit requirements - small extension - VIC

Building Permit requirements - small extension - VIC

Hi all, thanks for all the info. I had a chat to a guy in the council, he was very helpful and suggested I come in to see him with rough sketches etc (i.e. sketches done…

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PatD
Aug 24, 2010 10:27 am
kallu007
kallu007
24 August 2010

Builders contract specs Vs Standards & Tolerances guide

Builders contract specs Vs Standards & Tolerances guide

I have seen same clause in my docs. I showed that to Consumer Affairs personnel to inquire the implications. As per them, the builder can write anything, but the Aus…

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kallu007
Aug 24, 2010 11:40 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
29 August 2010

Eave board vibrates/ makes noise in high wind

Eave board vibrates/ makes noise in high wind

If it's on a brick veneer construction with the eave sheet sitting on the brick then it could be at that point due to lack of fixing to trimmers. In any case it sounds…

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ausdesign
Aug 29, 2010 10:50 am
ausdesign
AJW
AJW
30 August 2010

Standards for gaps between shower screen frames

Standards for gaps between shower screen frames

Hello, I have just moved into a new property and have a straight shower screen which is a frameless pivot hinge shower door with…

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AJW
Aug 30, 2010 5:49 pm
Lex
Lex
6 September 2010

MOULD HELP!!!!!

MOULD HELP!!!!!

I wonder what are their Terms and Conditions and if they have any disclaimers :th:

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Lex
Sep 06, 2010 7:48 pm
Lex
Team PD
Team PD
10 September 2010

Roof not complete - what are our rights?

Roof not complete - what are our rights?

Hi there, I'm currently building with PD. We have almost reached lockup stage, with the roof almost complete, bricks completed and the doors and…

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Team PD
Sep 10, 2010 9:45 am
Team PD
Dove
Dove
13 September 2010

Roof Insulation missing???

Roof Insulation missing???

I suggest that the builder should install the roof insulation.

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Dove
Sep 13, 2010 6:00 pm
Dove
NewInPointCook
NewInPointCook
16 September 2010

Termite protection before slab how to check it

Termite protection before slab how to check it

Dear All!!! I'm currently building new home in Point Cook the termite protection is requiret according to AS 3660. How I can check if physical anti termite barrier being…

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NewInPointCook
Sep 16, 2010 8:19 pm
TazR
TazR
16 September 2010

No foil sarking in upper level walls - why?

No foil sarking in upper level walls - why?

Checked the progress today on the foil installation, and they have put the foil from the floor of the upper level to the ceiling of the upper level. This means that the…

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TazR
Sep 16, 2010 8:52 pm
SteveH
SteveH
18 September 2010

steel needed for tiles on concrete / pool

steel needed for tiles on concrete / pool

Hi Daq3030, We had this done recently ourselves. It all went quite smooth and we got a totally awesome result!. There was a lot of of research we had to do before we…

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SteveH
Sep 18, 2010 12:17 am
AJW
AJW
21 September 2010

Plumbing Issues

Plumbing Issues

Hi, I can't think of what it is called. It's the bit at the back (or front) that is connected to the drains in the house. It usually has a grate…

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AJW
Sep 21, 2010 4:00 pm
Dangerjim
Dangerjim
22 September 2010

Terrible tiles, Cant believe they have been laid.

Terrible tiles, Cant believe they have been laid.

Cheers for the feedback. Espeically Adam m. It is the tile that is defective not the slab. I am in discussions with the tile shop and builder at the moment. Will keep you…

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Dangerjim
Sep 22, 2010 12:29 pm
4xsama
4xsama
26 September 2010

Ladder Trusses/Lace Trusses

Ladder Trusses/Lace Trusses

Hi, I am looking to use a ladder/lace truss for the roof of my living room. The roof/ceiling will rake to the north where the main glazing will be. Reason's I want to…

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4xsama
Sep 26, 2010 5:27 pm
nemisis
nemisis
29 September 2010

Brickwork & Window Seals

Brickwork & Window Seals

You want full length bricks on your window seals!? :lol: :lol: :lol: :: WHY? 3 reasons why you want cut bricks for window…

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nemisis
Sep 29, 2010 9:19 am
room4acubby
room4acubby
1 October 2010

Expansion Joints in Coffered Ceiling

Expansion Joints in Coffered Ceiling

Having never heard of a coffered ceiling before I did a bit of googling. I would think that if any expansion joints are needed they could be very easily hidden behind the…

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room4acubby
Oct 01, 2010 9:29 am
room4acubby
builda
builda
1 October 2010

Where is the quality?

Where is the quality?

Quality starts with documentation and management and each of these take time and are tedious. What I have found is that many people try to take a shortcut on these…

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builda
Oct 01, 2010 5:41 pm
builda
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
3 October 2010

Visable plaster joins. Why & what you can do about it.

Visable plaster joins. Why & what you can do about it.

Yep,carpy job ::hyst:: ::angry:: ,we did better ourselves with our reno :D It does look like they have not filled it in properly, tape/fill/sand,fill/sand,fill/sand well thats what we did…

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kerry-ann
Oct 03, 2010 2:01 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
4 October 2010

PVC pipe used for front patio columns?

PVC pipe used for front patio columns?

Your spec list should tell you all of the materials to be used. If it says cement/concrete, then get them to fix it

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chrisandkate
Oct 04, 2010 4:20 pm
mlitty66
mlitty66
4 October 2010

Bathroom Tiling Workmanship Issues

Bathroom Tiling Workmanship Issues

We've just had our bathrooms renovated this year and have had numerous workmanship issues especially within the tiling. We've had a private inspection and have found the…

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mlitty66
Oct 04, 2010 6:53 pm
Polo
Polo
4 October 2010

Help: Skirting to garage internal access door

Help: Skirting to garage internal access door

Thanks Trinity for the reply and photo (looks great). There's no offcuts laying around. I want to know if other builders leave it empty and it's normal or my site…

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Polo
Oct 04, 2010 10:41 pm
thegourou20
thegourou20
6 October 2010

Sarking/insulation foil flapping in the wind - HELP

Sarking/insulation foil flapping in the wind - HELP

Wow guys I sent a pm about an hour ago to Jess because I have a similar sort of noise even though I am not 100% sure whether it comes from the insulation. I was actually…

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thegourou20
Oct 06, 2010 11:44 am


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