Building Standards; Getting It Right!
Just spoken with DFT nsw they said they only reference AS 3500 and did not have a copy of As2870 , he mentioned sewer drains and when I questioned about storm water he…
Apr 01, 2019 9:30 am
Bricklayer or Engineer
From my experience the footing may not be a 100% in that corner.If you dig up the corner and see if the footing extends out to form a proper rebate for the…
window sill crack
Thanks Chippy, yes I was referring to the side of the window, the reveal. Apology I got the terminology mixed up.
CDC Clause question.
I know it has taken a long time for someone to respond but hoping at least someone might get something out of this reply.
You are correct that if can build a…
Tolerance for the footings
There is no saving, just shortcut for the lazy concreter, there is no excuse for not following approved drawings and poor workmanship.
Oct 10, 2018 5:56 am
Minimum height for garage opening.
I had a look through the BCA and didn't find anything other than 2100mm in clause 22.214.171.124(d), as you've already found.
I'd suggest that you ask whoever is telling you…
Aug 28, 2018 10:08 pm
60mm Overhang On Bricks?
I know they destroyed my house had to have my bricks all pulled down on back wall and side walls mines a mess side wall is warped they had to remove all the red bricks…
Dark colour around concrete crack
That's just water that's stuck in the cracks coming up the concrete. It is normal. You can see the same darker patches around the grate and the corners.You have the…
Need help with the building standard
Ask the builders electrician or get a private building inspector in to ask questions to.
4,5,1 and watermark. Ive found some BCA references online on this but if an…
Mar 27, 2018 7:42 pm
Update. The more ventilation the better. We have a massive subfloor cavity. Discussed options with landscaper and will build deck over entry and in front of window.
Very noisy steel frame house
Thanks all, sorry for the slow response. We are getting an engineering report done this week to check out the cracks and the noise so hopefully that will shed some light…
Deck Landing Area
Have you asked your local council-
Town planning or the building/engineering department that issue building permits for your region would be best to advise you as their…
Jan 11, 2018 5:06 pm
Paint comming off ceiling
The fixings nails/screws have popped and judging by the number of pops
I would say there was an issue there originally and they tried fixing it unsuccessfully
Balcony railing height requirements
Thanks I have requested it be replaced with a higher balustrade. They have finally agreed. The bricks are 220mm high from the ground so I was not happy about it.
Termite Shields (Ant Capping)
If you're still in need of the advice, when ant capping is used as the sole deterrent to termite attack, the caps must protrude 100 mm past the edges of the…
Our land has been cut into.. Standard?
Thanks so much for everyones replies ill have a photo up this week in relation to the response from the builder and work completed. Speaking with a builder friend been…
Void former placed over Pier!!
@manofaus Flexible Floor coverings ie Timber & Carpets mask/hides cracks
Firstly you need to check slab level heights around the cracking (hogging or sagging) in the…
Moving Meter Box - Considerations?
If the breakers are in the meter box then every single wire in the house ends up there. No chance of moving it after the build unless you want to rewire the house again.…
May 17, 2017 9:24 pm
Building Quality Standards / Tolerances
NSW Fair Trading is apparently working on their own version of the standards and tolerances guide.
In the meantime as Bashworth notes the Victorian version is generally…
standard face bricks that run through roof
It's not unusual to use an ordinary brick where it can't be seen.
If you go for a rendered finish you could find the builder has used up all the odd bricks left over from…
Stair treads all split week after install
A week after installation, all of my stair treads split.
Strangely, this happened within the same 12 hour window as a water leak which impacted the lower platform. I…
Nov 10, 2016 9:45 am
NCC Volume 2 Rule 126.96.36.199
Not doing the concreting myself, a lawyer with a knack for reading vol 2 BCA hahaha...thanks for your assistance H2O I really appreciate it.
The Tornado rain head is manufactured in Australia by an Australian company. I also manufacture in Australia and I support other Australian companies who also…
Jan 01, 1970 10:00 am
Step height in door (threshold?)
Thank you for your input, gray advice. I will ensure that all steps/transitions are uniform.
I managed to get some advice from a friend of a friend (who is a…
BCA - building seperation
Just wondering if anyone if the 1.8m rule for building seperation before fireproof material is required from wall to wall or eave to eave?
tried reading bca 3.7.1 but its…
Aug 15, 2016 11:54 pm
You can get risers for pits but you would probably want a wider pit if you want to extend it 1 metre.
How wide and how deep is that pit at the moment?
roofing timber question
Hi StructuralBIMGuy - my trusses will not have the gap as in the photo (this is the roof of a Melbourne container house which I used just to illustrate the timber plate…
Would you screed or Underlay?
So what are you going to do about the discrepancy between the tiles on a screed to the living areas ( probably 40mm screed and 10mm tiles = 5mm height ) and the looselay…
How does our builder fix this issue?
Great outcome for you and it is as it should be.
I come from a background of doing government contracts with architects in charge. If we made a mistake we got a defect…
Brick work should i be worried??
Who supplied the steel lintel ? It should have been a 150 x 100mm gal angle or at least 100 x 100mm depending on the span and load above. As per abs above, the weld or…
Mortar should be flush not ironed
You can't re-point a rolled/ironed joint without it falling out down the track.
A rolled/ironed joint gives much better protection from salt absorption than a flush…
Lots of builders are using pressure seal, they will always fail in a couple of years.
Inspired a new house today and flashing is already coming apart.
And here is…