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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
borg
borg
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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borg
Jul 02, 2010 7:31 pm
borg
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?
1, 2

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
vanilladreamz
vanilladreamz
7 October 2010

Brushed Concrete - Opinions on finish

Brushed Concrete - Opinions on finish

Thanks for your reply cclarity. :) I have posted this topic in another forum with pictures as I thought it may get a better response there.

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vanilladreamz
Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
8 October 2010

TWO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF MORTAR USED IN HOUSE

TWO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF MORTAR USED IN HOUSE

Differing mortar colours come about in most cases from a variation in the ratio of the mix. If there is no added 'oxide' i.e. plain mortar, this can occur from a different…

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ausdesign
Oct 08, 2010 11:07 am
ausdesign
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SherWin
Oct 09, 2010 2:57 pm
Beebob
Beebob
11 October 2010

Sewer Easement Advice - Please Help

Sewer Easement Advice - Please Help

Did you ever get any closure on this. I'm curious. B

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Beebob
Oct 11, 2010 10:20 pm
david242gt
david242gt
14 October 2010

small holes and damages on the frame

small holes and damages on the frame

I would be asking why the stud next to it arnt blue.

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david242gt
Oct 14, 2010 9:44 pm
david242gt
XT4V
XT4V
15 October 2010

eave lines

eave lines

yeah, give it time... it will get done when the painters are painting your plaster... long way off still ;)

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XT4V
Oct 15, 2010 10:30 pm
chippy
chippy
17 October 2010

Hole sizes allowed in studs

Hole sizes allowed in studs

BCA timber framing construction specifies: Hole diameter: 25mm max, middle third of stud. Distance between holes or notches: 3x depth of stud. 20mm notches are for bracing…

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chippy
Oct 17, 2010 9:17 pm
chippy
Kurrajong
Kurrajong
19 October 2010

Advice Needed. Builder says bath wont fit, drafting error

Advice Needed. Builder says bath wont fit, drafting error

I would think you should ask for Option 1. They know its their fault. Perhaps just tell them you're requesting the walls be moved and the bath be made to fit. If they…

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Kurrajong
Oct 19, 2010 4:35 pm
Kurrajong
Gialandon
Gialandon
21 October 2010

off the plan uncertified modification drama

off the plan uncertified modification drama

Wow, he initially told us $3000. After insisting he look at it again, he has come back and said it's not a big job and should be easy to do, but he wants me to pay for it…

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Gialandon
Oct 21, 2010 3:58 pm
kyton
kyton
21 October 2010

Time builder takes for maintenace

Time builder takes for maintenace

Put it in writing to the builder and name a date - something workable, ie 10 workings day etc that you expect the work to be completed by. Also state that by such and such…

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kyton
Oct 21, 2010 5:13 pm
kyton
Nathan Peart
Nathan Peart
21 October 2010

help with rooflines

help with rooflines

Hi, This is the firsttime I have tried to share a file like this, so here goes. http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc3 ... ofHelp.jpg This is what your roof should…

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Nathan Peart
Oct 21, 2010 6:14 pm


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