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room4acubby
room4acubby
6 April 2010

Inspecting frame stage ourselves. What to look for?

Inspecting frame stage ourselves. What to look for?

I am currently trying to make the decision as to engage an independent inspector or not. I am a qualified structural engineer and therefore have access to and can…

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room4acubby
Apr 06, 2010 5:35 pm
room4acubby
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downtime
Apr 07, 2010 11:25 pm
andy
andy
8 April 2010

Frame finished? Is this an acceptable Australian Standard?

Frame finished? Is this an acceptable Australian Standard?

SS and builders are bit edgy when you mention you are getting a building inspector on site. We are just going to Slab stage and way before that I have made sure its…

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andy
Apr 08, 2010 9:25 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
9 April 2010

Timber retaining wall

Timber retaining wall

My personal preference would be to use H4 treated pine for the whole thing. If you use 2.4m sleepers then go 1.2m centres for uprights or if you go 2.7m sleepers then have…

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dirkadirk
Apr 09, 2010 9:13 am
nomad
nomad
9 April 2010

I think frame and truss is stuffed up?

I think frame and truss is stuffed up?

A stud is not required under the truss in most circumstances, they are often required for trusses that carry loads but not a common truss such as this one. However in your…

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nomad
Apr 09, 2010 2:59 pm
Perth Builder
Perth Builder
19 April 2010

Brick work help

Brick work help

Structurally unsound, make a complaint

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Perth Builder
Apr 19, 2010 2:55 pm
Perth Builder
Perth Builder
19 April 2010

Brick Mortar

Brick Mortar
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The 6 sand ratio is a compromise between elasticity and compression strength, to allow for movement, less than 6 will reduce the ability to take up movement. Lime is added…

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Perth Builder
Apr 19, 2010 3:15 pm
Perth Builder
Perth Builder
19 April 2010

Anyone used BRIKMAKER bricks.

Anyone used BRIKMAKER bricks.

check the specification for compressive strengths and compare the difference

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Perth Builder
Apr 19, 2010 3:28 pm
Perth Builder
Perth Builder
20 April 2010

Illegally built house onto existing wall

Illegally built house onto existing wall

I think once all avenues have been exhaused, you simply need to give public notice of your intentions and seek objections, by a news paper advert and posing a sign, the…

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Perth Builder
Apr 21, 2010 12:38 am

Please, can anyone give opinions of our SS's proposed solution? I've posted about this in my own thread (towards the top of the first page, pics of the beam are in the…

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Oceanus2
Apr 23, 2010 2:48 pm
zaphod
zaphod
25 April 2010

ANY BRICKIES OUT THERE....HELP!!

ANY BRICKIES OUT THERE....HELP!!

The quickest way to fix this problem is the grinder. This is what they did to our house when brick units were too close, they just grind the front of the bricks a bit and…

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zaphod
Apr 25, 2010 1:26 am
Deemaree
Deemaree
26 April 2010

Is it normal for bricks to complete within 3 days?

Is it normal for bricks to complete within 3 days?

Our last house was bricked in about that time frame-and it was still standing when we sold it after 5 years (late last year)!

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Deemaree
Apr 26, 2010 8:28 pm
Deemaree
kid81
kid81
27 April 2010

How many building codes are there for roofing?

How many building codes are there for roofing?

1 - M12 bolts are nothing too special. just a particular strength bolt. Sounds to me like you are in a coastal, high sea level of very open plain area as these…

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kid81
Apr 27, 2010 11:59 am
McKinnon
McKinnon
5 May 2010

SWIMMING POOL

SWIMMING POOL

I am building a new house but cannot afford the pool now. I went with stumps for flooring but told the engineer I would like a pool in the future to back right up to the…

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McKinnon
May 05, 2010 1:51 pm
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Lex
May 11, 2010 12:50 pm
Lex
PeterH
PeterH
11 May 2010

6x6m garage frames (timber)

6x6m garage frames (timber)

Thanks for all your replies guys. I've emailed the plans to the inspector to get his thoughts on them and we'll see what happens from there. I've also been looking at…

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PeterH
May 11, 2010 6:13 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
19 May 2010

Colourbond post supports? Doesnt seem right....

Colourbond post supports? Doesnt seem right....

I would assume that a concrete pad will be done underneath them before any bricking-just confirm this with your builder. You have photos as proof if there are any problems…

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Deemaree
May 19, 2010 2:49 pm
Deemaree
reddyva
reddyva
31 May 2010

Min Distance Between Fence, Bricks & Eaves at Blacktown coun

Min Distance Between Fence, Bricks & Eaves at Blacktown coun

Guys, Need Information from guys who has their plans approved... We are building a SIngle storey house at the ponds as we have a narrow fronatge just want to check the Min…

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reddyva
May 31, 2010 9:04 pm
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 4:35 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 1:55 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 7:39 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 2:51 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 5:58 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 12:33 pm
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 2:07 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 10:42 pm
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cwoern
Jun 20, 2010 5:10 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 9:26 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 4:55 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 7:45 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 7:19 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 8:31 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 5:25 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 9:36 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 5:20 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 2:06 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 8:30 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 9:52 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 11:35 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 4:50 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 10:41 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 6:29 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 11:11 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 9:22 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 11:10 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 10:17 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 11:27 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 12:40 pm


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