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designCite
designCite
2 July 2009

Stairs ending Clearance to wall

Stairs ending Clearance to wall

This is only part of the equation.... got to start with the floor…

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designCite
Jul 02, 2009 1:18 am
designCite

Wall insulation and electrical wiring

Wall insulation and electrical wiring

Putting the conduit in while the walls aren't sheeted will make it easier for the sparky to run cables later, especially if there is insulation in the walls, and even more…

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installation inspector
Jul 12, 2009 3:00 pm
installation inspector
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
13 July 2009

5 Star & Timber Floors - the rules are changing...

5 Star & Timber Floors - the rules are changing...
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Peter, what climate zones where those last 4 houses with the timber floors in?

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Yak_Chat
Jul 13, 2009 10:35 pm
Yak_Chat
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
24 July 2009

What height should my skirting be??

What height should my skirting be??

Our builders ended up lifting our skirting to 18mm for us which left enought room for the boards underneath. so I was happy with that!!

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mellybuilding
Jul 24, 2009 2:38 pm
mellybuilding
JJ305
JJ305
24 July 2009

Wrong slab in Garage in final house plans

Wrong slab in Garage in final house plans

If your builder is going to use an infill slab (which isn't unusual) then the garage walls will need to sit on a strip footing which will need…

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JJ305
Jul 24, 2009 4:16 pm
nomad
nomad
27 July 2009

Truss Plate Is this required

Truss Plate Is this required

That 90x45 with 450 centers sounds much better even if it is just one top plate. The 51mm was referring that the truss or rafter must be within 51mm of the stud. But…

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nomad
Jul 27, 2009 1:11 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
28 July 2009

building standards are merely guidelines

building standards are merely guidelines

building standards are merely guidelines. Dont be confused as I was, between law and…

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Pat the draftie
Jul 28, 2009 2:13 pm
Pat the draftie
smcinc
smcinc
8 August 2009

Square set cornices

Square set cornices

friend of ours ( pro builder & civil engineer) suggested to do a square set for the bottom of the house and the second level with a normal cornice . his reasoning was; …

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smcinc
Aug 08, 2009 4:20 pm
Maisie
Maisie
24 August 2009

Building Standards - Reverse Brick Veneer

Building Standards - Reverse Brick Veneer

Update I went and discussed this issue with a building inspector. Although he agreed it looks like I have the building standards on my side, he didn't want to provide an…

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Maisie
Aug 24, 2009 1:49 pm
humble
humble
27 May 2013

Decking - do I need building permit??

Decking - do I need building permit??

You wont be allowed to build over the easement. And typically, anything over 10m2 needs a permit also. I would make sure your 'decking' tradie has a builders license…

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humble
May 27, 2013 6:39 pm

Very overdue photo to show how the sparkies ducted to the external brick…

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overwhelmed
Sep 08, 2009 12:55 pm
mrh20
mrh20
21 September 2009

Eaves, Regulations and the Border

Eaves, Regulations and the Border

Referring to the BCA 3.8.4.2 says that Natural light must be provided to every habitable room by windows that are not less than 10% of the floor area of that room and are…

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mrh20
Sep 21, 2009 4:55 pm
mudmap
mudmap
22 September 2009

Use of recycled water in Victoria

Use of recycled water in Victoria

Thanks mrh20, I wasn't aware of that. Do you know if it's a plumbing code reg or water company rule. You're right in that the watersaver switches automatically from tank…

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mudmap
Sep 22, 2009 1:25 am
Oceanus2
Oceanus2
6 October 2009

Neighbour raising their block/retaining wall - Perth

Neighbour raising their block/retaining wall - Perth

yep, understand your point. I suppose what we're going to have to do is lodge something with the council to say we don't want to see the retaining wall from our side.…

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Oceanus2
Oct 06, 2009 1:14 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
17 October 2009

Shared Fence Standards ??

Shared Fence Standards ??

Yes, they should of asked your permission, but its just easier to rip it down. What if you said no. Its too much hassle. My neighbour knew I was building on the…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm
OMG
OMG
20 October 2009

Who does this job?

Who does this job?

Cheers thanks - turned out is was tiny cracks - not enough to even notice unless you were really looking for them! Good to know for the future tho! Cheers

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OMG
Oct 20, 2009 10:54 pm
camyperth
camyperth
27 October 2009

METRE BOX IN WA

METRE BOX IN WA

I rang western power today, who told me to ring synergy. I can leave the meter box where it is and self read it all they need to do is be able to come in once a year to…

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camyperth
Oct 27, 2009 12:19 am
batman
batman
29 October 2009

Min. distance from house to hte water tank

Min. distance from house to hte water tank

Thanks Dirk I talking about the 5000L Slimline rain water water tank cheers

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batman
Oct 29, 2009 2:43 pm
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seeking solutions
Nov 12, 2009 12:42 pm
seeking solutions
Lex
Lex
1 December 2009

Building Standards & Rules : Double Story House ??

Building Standards & Rules : Double Story House ??

Hey Guys, Are there any specific building standards and rules for building a double story house? I am asking this as someone is building a double…

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Lex
Dec 01, 2009 5:56 pm
Lex
Nix
Nix
4 December 2009

Building specs for timber framed house in NSW

Building specs for timber framed house in NSW

hi, thanks for your responces, i am looking for all i can get my hands on be it partial or full building specs... cheers Nic.

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Nix
Dec 04, 2009 6:48 am
coopsmummy
coopsmummy
12 December 2009

Builder next door messing up my block - My Rights?

Builder next door messing up my block - My Rights?

The builder isn't paying for the fence and has quoted for two sides temp fencing - it's up to me to organise the fence being built ( I am not going with a volume builder).…

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coopsmummy
Dec 12, 2009 2:54 pm
coopsmummy
dvs_dk
dvs_dk
14 December 2009

A real live bricklayer.

A real live bricklayer.
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Hi Guys if there are any questions you have about brickwork fire away. :th: You can always have a look at my website here too.

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dvs_dk
Dec 14, 2009 10:53 pm
dvs_dk
Lex
Lex
16 December 2009

Faulty Brick work to our Garage

Faulty Brick work to our Garage

Yep, get Kev or Alex on it asap!! And get it all in writing, eg. even if it's been a while since you talked, just send them a summary email, refer to your conversation ...…

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Lex
Dec 16, 2009 12:40 pm
Lex
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
22 December 2009

Vanity height

Vanity height

vertically challenged is a better way of putting it. Seems they couldn't stack 'hit that high so they stopped.

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onc_artisan
Dec 22, 2009 12:02 am
onc_artisan
Striking
Striking
28 December 2009

Ceiling Height (measured to where)

Ceiling Height (measured to where)

Generally you can get away with Bearers protruding but not Joists, again you need to calc the floor space and see if you are with in the tolerance

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Striking
Dec 28, 2009 5:11 pm
Striking
Striking
28 December 2009

Decking overhang.

Decking overhang.

IF you increase the member size then you can increase your cantilever, without going to the span tables a rule of thumb is 1 3rd the joist span can be cantilevered.

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Striking
Dec 28, 2009 5:15 pm
Striking
Striking
28 December 2009

URGENT - What does "Inviolation of 4386.2.1996" mean?

URGENT - What does "Inviolation of 4386.2.1996" mean?

New code requirement state that range hoods must be ducted to the outside of the house. No loner can they be ducted to the roof space of not ducted. is this the case?

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Striking
Dec 28, 2009 5:18 pm
Striking
Striking
28 December 2009

Advice needed: Previous owner/builder work not to code

Advice needed: Previous owner/builder work not to code

Very little can be done now... there is no requirement for the joists to be treated. and ventilation can be installed any time along with an access panel. A simple case…

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Striking
Dec 28, 2009 5:33 pm
bunga
bunga
29 December 2009

building standard for brick work gaps

building standard for brick work gaps

Bunga I would think a split 1/2 brick or 2 would look pretty poor in the first course. Whats the down side to putting too much mud under the…

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bunga
Dec 29, 2009 9:38 am
peterjt
peterjt
29 December 2009

Steps - rental property

Steps - rental property

hi I know this is 6 motnhs old but could i ask how this all went with Agent and LL? with regards to back steps. There is a very strong case for OH & S for good reason. I…

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peterjt
Dec 29, 2009 11:27 pm
Lex
Lex
30 December 2009

Plumber cutting frames

Plumber cutting frames

This is unfortunately what happens with inadequate supervision or contracting in experience labor... thought some time Sh*t just happens. The…

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Lex
Dec 30, 2009 2:23 pm
Lex
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theyetti
Jan 01, 2010 12:50 pm
woosydiver
woosydiver
4 January 2010

Regulations for electric sockets close to kitchen sink?

Regulations for electric sockets close to kitchen sink?

Hi I'm currently renovating my kitchen and making some changes, I currently have 2 electric sockets quite close to the kitchen sink which I'm sure would violate current…

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woosydiver
Jan 04, 2010 2:33 pm
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 9:54 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 6:05 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 1:52 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 7:46 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 3:07 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 6:21 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 10:50 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 11:51 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 11:16 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 8:37 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 1:59 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 1:16 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 2:22 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 11:39 am
Arcadia

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