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Striking
Striking
5 January 2010

mortar? with pics

mortar? with pics

For sure, it needs to be to the standard, I was just trying to be the devils advocate, I see it so often the people expect perfection when it just isn't the standard. It…

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Striking
Jan 05, 2010 8:54 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
6 January 2010

Builder insisted that this is acceptable

Builder insisted that this is acceptable
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Distortion of doors (as per Standards & Tolerances) Door eaves are defective if, during the first 3 months they twist or bend greater than the limits listed…

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dirkadirk
Jan 06, 2010 5:05 pm
jodge
jodge
7 January 2010

Advice needed: Unfired tile ions leaking into grout

Advice needed: Unfired tile ions leaking into grout

Hi JimH. . . don't know if this helps, but we were told that, with some of the big (300 x 600mm) white tiles that are coming out of China, the manufacturers use dirty…

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jodge
Jan 07, 2010 12:52 am
jodge
Striking
Striking
7 January 2010

Trusses and ceiling Blocks

Trusses and ceiling Blocks

Gyprock can only span 600mm so if your truss spacings are further apart than that, typically there are intermittent timbers (ceiling joists) ran between each truss. Or the…

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Striking
Jan 07, 2010 6:46 pm
andy the pm
andy the pm
14 January 2010

Balcony Hand Rail - Regulations for DIY (NSW)

Balcony Hand Rail - Regulations for DIY (NSW)

According to the Building Code it needs to be a minimum of 1m in height, and you should not be able to pass a 125mm sphere between any gaps. If you use wire then there…

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andy the pm
Jan 14, 2010 2:07 pm
theyetti
theyetti
16 January 2010

South Australia - Building Standards for Council

South Australia - Building Standards for Council

Either the Master Builders Association or the HIA (or possibly both) produce a fairly basic domestic specification that you can buy for…

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theyetti
Jan 16, 2010 5:21 pm
builda
builda
19 January 2010

Using roof trusses for storage

Using roof trusses for storage

Occaisionally we have had trusses designed with a beefed up bottom chord so that people can store stuff in the roof space so it is possible to do - but as pointed out…

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builda
Jan 19, 2010 9:50 pm
builda
SteveH
SteveH
25 January 2010

Is this enough to hold a 315 Litre water tank on a roof?

Is this enough to hold a 315 Litre water tank on a roof?

The tank and collectors are bolted together with a bar. This bar only connedts the tank and collectors together. There are two straps underneath the collectors at the…

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SteveH
Jan 25, 2010 10:51 am
firstbuild
firstbuild
25 January 2010

Standard for Gas Meter Feed - WA

Standard for Gas Meter Feed - WA

Hi, Does anyone know the standards for the connection from the street gas run to the house gas meter. Our new house that is being built has the gas come in on one side…

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firstbuild
Jan 25, 2010 10:16 pm
issy jo
issy jo
3 February 2010

Colorbond roof laid with overlap facing into the weather

Colorbond roof laid with overlap facing into the weather

I came across the following document that might help your cause, unfortunately it's dated 2007 but the standard is probably still…

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issy jo
Feb 03, 2010 7:37 am
issy jo
ausdesign
ausdesign
3 February 2010

Requirements of front of house from front fence (Vic)

Requirements of front of house from front fence (Vic)

Under Vic regs the setback hasn't altered as far as I know from 6 met. on a 'declared' road & 4 met for streets etc. (subject to planning provisions). If there are…

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ausdesign
Feb 03, 2010 12:59 pm
ausdesign
Arcadia
Arcadia
5 February 2010

Hebel products

Hebel products

I would consider using the powerfloor to the upstairs as well that way the floor will match your ground floor in sound and the 'solid' feel. I have used hebel for…

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Arcadia
Feb 05, 2010 12:16 pm
Arcadia
sarahq
sarahq
18 February 2010

Extending Frames to add Eaves

Extending Frames to add Eaves

If I'm reading your post correctly you are saying that the top chord of the truss does not extend out to the eave line. An 'outrigger' can be…

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sarahq
Feb 18, 2010 1:22 pm
sarahq
Arcadia
Arcadia
4 March 2010

Box gutter standards

Box gutter standards

Wow what a disaster. This is a classic example of why I as a building designer do everything I can to design homes that avoid putting box gutters over living spaces…

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Arcadia
Mar 04, 2010 10:39 am
Arcadia
ausdesign
ausdesign
5 March 2010

Extractor fan regulations - venting

Extractor fan regulations - venting

All exhaust fans should be directly ducted to the exterior - esp. kitchen (unless recirc. type) to prevent any flammable fats accumulating within the roof space.

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ausdesign
Mar 05, 2010 7:46 am
ausdesign
SteveH
SteveH
5 March 2010

Ecosmart says solar heat mounted 8 degrees plumber rekons no

Ecosmart says solar heat mounted 8 degrees plumber rekons no

Thanks for the replies. Yep - thats exactly how it describes it in the manual. A mere 8 degree's!! Ecosmart have sent through the installation details again (plumber kept…

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SteveH
Mar 05, 2010 3:09 pm
mickve
mickve
15 March 2010

Vinyl Planks floors are not levelled.

Vinyl Planks floors are not levelled.

Sorry but this is what the cowboys do cant be bothered doing prep not enough money in it better money in laying the tiles so they thought they could get away with it.Go…

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mickve
Mar 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Rod1949
Rod1949
26 March 2010

Steel framing

Steel framing

I've always had problems with wireless networks (reception for wireless temperature sensors) in steel frame houses, so I guess any wireless gear…

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Rod1949
Mar 26, 2010 2:41 pm
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 4:35 pm
room4acubby
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downtime
Apr 07, 2010 10:25 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 8:25 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 8:13 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 1:59 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 1:55 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 2:15 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 2:28 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 20, 2010 11:38 pm

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 1:48 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 12:26 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 7:28 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 10:59 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 12:51 pm
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Lex
May 11, 2010 11:50 am
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 5:13 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 1:49 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 8:04 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 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


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