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Jochicho
Jochicho
2 September 2009

Fridge cavity - Height allowance, it's an optical illusion!

Fridge cavity - Height allowance, it's an optical illusion!

Thanks Kb46 and Jodge! Yep this time it was great to be wrong! and yep a nice surprise!

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Jochicho
Sep 02, 2009 9:18 pm
zaphod
zaphod
3 September 2009

Paving - do i have to do the slap first ?

Paving - do i have to do the slap first ?

There is no substitute for a good hard slap :lol:

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zaphod
Sep 03, 2009 8:35 pm
OMG
OMG
2 September 2009

Black or dark tiled rooves and energy efficiency

Black or dark tiled rooves and energy efficiency

A whirlybird would be half of the solution; getting rid of heat in summer. The other half of the…

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OMG
Sep 02, 2009 10:02 pm
danc12
danc12
2 September 2009

Tips on quotes from builders.

Tips on quotes from builders.

We went through the same process, got our plans done DA approved, you really need that in place since council could make you change things. I assume when you say plans…

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danc12
Sep 02, 2009 10:03 pm
stockt12
stockt12
2 September 2009

Redink Homes (Perth)

Redink Homes (Perth)
WA

the guy at redink told me he gets very limited commission on the custom 5000, hence the addons are very pricey.... nope, i'm not kidding... the amount of salesguys who…

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stockt12
Sep 02, 2009 10:45 pm
elemist
elemist
2 September 2009

Did you install downlight after handover?

Did you install downlight after handover?

I'm doing downlights throughout the theatre, family/meals/kitchen, master bedroom and ensuite after i move in. Already spoken with a couple of sparky's and it works out i…

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elemist
Sep 02, 2009 11:16 pm
megzy
megzy
3 September 2009

What issues have you raised at the 3/6 m maintenance check?

What issues have you raised at the 3/6 m maintenance check?

ummmm interesting one. We are in the same position. We did get some paint touch ups before handover but then you can see they have been touched up when you look at it at…

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megzy
Sep 03, 2009 9:05 am
andrew78m
andrew78m
3 September 2009

Help! Need advice: Corner dispensation. cost and time

Help! Need advice: Corner dispensation. cost and time

Hey Mate, Best thing to do is call the council with your DA number handy and speak to the person who is handling your DA. Some councils actually have this information…

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andrew78m
Sep 03, 2009 11:44 am
trepidman
trepidman
3 September 2009

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?

I've been told a good rule of thumb is 10% of the value of house and land just to take care of the basics. Fences, driveway, flooring, and basic furniture and appliances.…

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trepidman
Sep 03, 2009 12:12 pm
trepidman
vxchev
vxchev
3 September 2009

BUILDING/BUILT WITH M3TRICON HELP RE:ELECTRICAL PLAN

BUILDING/BUILT WITH M3TRICON HELP RE:ELECTRICAL PLAN
1, 2

Honeybee, My sister is building with M, in melbourne, and she got a price list for all extra electrical work, and also a seperate appointment.…

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vxchev
Sep 03, 2009 12:41 pm
wonetta
wonetta
3 September 2009

Building Henley Home LUCA VK2 in Mooroolbark

Building Henley Home LUCA VK2 in Mooroolbark
VIC

hey Erin 270 days is good - and true true bout the weather conditions. i hope we dont have any delays as we r moving back with the boyfriends parents during the building…

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wonetta
Sep 03, 2009 1:09 pm
wonetta
Annelies
Annelies
3 September 2009

A septic tank in our driveway

A septic tank in our driveway

We got a septic tank and the lid is definitley not to be driven over unless you made special arrangements with the factory and payed extra money for it. I think it can…

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Annelies
Sep 03, 2009 1:49 pm
Annelies
Annelies
Annelies
3 September 2009

FHOG-is there somebody out there to advice me on this one?

FHOG-is there somebody out there to advice me on this one?

Just to finish this Topic: we got a reply from the State Revenue Office with a small list of documents that we have to send in within the Application Period. This is 18…

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Annelies
Sep 03, 2009 2:14 pm
Annelies
Annelies
Annelies
3 September 2009

Building the Modified Hayman

Building the Modified Hayman
QLD
1, 2

Thanks Renee, yeah, we are very happy with the result. At the moment I am behind my laptop killing time while waiting for the SS and the Carpenters to show up on…

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Annelies
Sep 03, 2009 2:26 pm
Annelies
Jodie80
Jodie80
3 September 2009

Park facing corner lot in Tarneit

Park facing corner lot in Tarneit
VIC

The only thing I can think of regarding living across from a park, would be to expect plenty of kids shouting and dogs barking!!

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Jodie80
Sep 03, 2009 3:42 pm
Jodie80
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
3 September 2009

Advice re: our tile grouting please - is this ok?

Advice re: our tile grouting please - is this ok?

It dosn't look odd, but what does your slections book say for grout colour?

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buildingwithhamra
Sep 03, 2009 4:57 pm
inf
inf
3 September 2009

Anyone building with Nava??

Anyone building with Nava??
VIC
1, 2

congratulation mortgage2009, things seem going very well for you... good to hear that! can't wait to hear you start construction ;) how are you doing annie? looks like the…

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inf
Sep 03, 2009 5:37 pm
fairy blue
fairy blue
3 September 2009

Painting or Tiling First

Painting or Tiling First

Ours was the same. Actually just realised it was: painting, then…

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fairy blue
Sep 03, 2009 6:35 pm
fairy blue
shell83
shell83
3 September 2009

Internal Phone Points

Internal Phone Points
1, 2, 3

Yes, you have to have a trench but you can do it yourself. The contractor quoted us $75, but my bf has decided to do it, its only a 5m distance in our case and 400mm deep.

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shell83
Sep 03, 2009 7:33 pm
shell83
BuildingACT
BuildingACT
3 September 2009

What render colour with Ironstone roof? Best paint? Help!

What render colour with Ironstone roof? Best paint? Help!
ACT

I love Cedar and dark greys together, maybe a lighter but not too light shade of grey. My daughter just painted a rendered wall with a Nippon paint…

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BuildingACT
Sep 03, 2009 8:51 pm
trepidman
trepidman
3 September 2009

Burbank - Future range homes

Burbank - Future range homes
VIC

Burbank use eco classic for their windows. Adding double glazing and a water tank(w/ toilet connections) to a regular five star home would cost you much more than…

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trepidman
Sep 03, 2009 10:21 pm
trepidman
mjl
mjl
4 September 2009

URGENT Advice Required...

URGENT Advice Required...

Thanks for the feedback we will go and make the most of it.......

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mjl
Sep 04, 2009 12:18 am
oze
oze
4 September 2009

Stone benchtop upgrade with PD

Stone benchtop upgrade with PD
VIC

We've decided to stay with the 20mm as the 40mm is a bit too much and we decided to increase our insulation to R4.0 instead. We realised there is no real overhang of bench…

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oze
Sep 04, 2009 9:10 am
oze
suh
suh
4 September 2009

Gas leaking inside the wall

Gas leaking inside the wall
VIC

We had a gas leak too but didn't realise it for a few weeks. We weren't even sure where it was coming from but I followed my…

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suh
Sep 04, 2009 9:22 am
suh
netadelle
netadelle
4 September 2009

naananana going nuts >.< Buildign Permit + Time = How long?

naananana going nuts >.< Buildign Permit + Time = How long?

We must look a funny site passing us as we walking up to the block with a shovel in hand so the 5yr old can dig, at this stage he has done more…

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netadelle
Sep 04, 2009 11:39 am
netadelle
claego
claego
4 September 2009

Problems with new Hen3ey home - advice needed

Problems with new Hen3ey home - advice needed

Similar situation, although i couldn't see any gap, but winds does come into the house through the door, and i can hear the windy nosie (make my living room very noisy),…

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claego
Sep 04, 2009 11:57 am
zaphod
zaphod
4 September 2009

brick repair... before and after

brick repair... before and after

Hi again sherwin, yes I have seen the state of your brickwork and it is very poorly performed. It seems to me that very few trades can even do work that is, just, within…

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zaphod
Sep 04, 2009 12:20 pm
thechlochlo
thechlochlo
4 September 2009

Advice, The Nerve of this electrician!

Advice, The Nerve of this electrician!

The end result is, he went in on the Monday and removed everything that wasn't needed to be there and put in what was meant to be. SS didn't say much about it, just that…

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thechlochlo
Sep 04, 2009 5:15 pm
thechlochlo
clueless2009
clueless2009
4 September 2009

Front Facade issues PD Access

Front Facade issues PD Access

Thanks for the replies, I have send a printed electrical plan to my admin person and im waiting for a reply back from her i have placed the 2 junction boxes as mentioned…

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clueless2009
Sep 04, 2009 5:38 pm
Ari
Ari
4 September 2009

Builders, fix one thing bugger another

Builders, fix one thing bugger another

Sherwin re-read Bills and my reply. Bill stated that the problem should be mentioned and I agreed with his post. What exactly is the point of going in full guns blazing…

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Ari
Sep 04, 2009 6:54 pm
btherl
btherl
4 September 2009

315 building days with Metricom

315 building days with Metricom
1, 2

M gave us 384 days for a double storey house, the Riva 33..

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btherl
Sep 04, 2009 8:15 pm
btherl
pete002
pete002
4 September 2009

Absorption trenches why do I need it?

Absorption trenches why do I need it?

Sounds like You might be in Queensland, as local councils can insist on hydraulic audits. We call them Open pits or in some cases they can be spoon drains in shape. A…

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pete002
Sep 04, 2009 8:29 pm

Actually none .. this is what I'm talking about .. here's the image ..

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bluemetal77
Sep 04, 2009 9:32 pm
bluemetal77
Michelle
Michelle
4 September 2009

Boral Jarrah bricks?

Boral Jarrah bricks?
NSW

Thank you vicky_qj, so everyone is doing white windows with this brick? Thanks for the replies! ::

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Michelle
Sep 04, 2009 9:44 pm
Michelle
swarvy
swarvy
4 September 2009

Low Lifes have graffitied our brand new plastered walls

Low Lifes have graffitied our brand new plastered walls

painters will just seal it and paint over it, wont be any issues.

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swarvy
Sep 04, 2009 10:27 pm
Gildea
Gildea
4 September 2009

When can the builder submit plans to Council?

When can the builder submit plans to Council?

I believe councils vary, but usually not until the land is registered

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Gildea
Sep 04, 2009 10:48 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
4 September 2009

Have building costs really gone down?

Have building costs really gone down?

one of the builders i looked at had betweem 10,000-20,000 increases to the base price across the range. That was June 09. I first looked in Feb 09.

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Andronicus
Sep 04, 2009 11:45 pm
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
5 September 2009

Wake_me, pics of frame, trusses and roof

Wake_me, pics of frame, trusses and roof
1, 2

That roof looks fantastic - Wish we could have done colorbond. Have to add this thread as another one to watch.

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Zerosignal
Sep 05, 2009 11:44 am
fully
fully
5 September 2009

Final inspection ( pre settlement)

Final inspection ( pre settlement)

Well inspection day was fun! well not really, it was pretty stressful checking everything and hoping not to miss anything...Things found were all minor, so thats good and…

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fully
Sep 05, 2009 11:50 am
ladsos
ladsos
5 September 2009

Recessed Alfresco

Recessed Alfresco

16.SFC, that picture does look nice, ill get used to it!!

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ladsos
Sep 05, 2009 12:54 pm
ladsos
ozzroo
ozzroo
5 September 2009

Questioning the quality of painting?

Questioning the quality of painting?

Thats where I'll wait and see a few days and see. Fitoff is scheduled now hence thinking internal's are done

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ozzroo
Sep 05, 2009 5:03 pm
klscomps
klscomps
5 September 2009

North-facing eaves only?

North-facing eaves only?

To be honest all my previous houses had the standard 450mm eaves and in my opinion they do nothing to protect windows in Summer. I decided to save my money with this…

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klscomps
Sep 05, 2009 6:52 pm
JaseTash
JaseTash
5 September 2009

Is anyone building in Sefton Grange?

Is anyone building in Sefton Grange?
VIC

Well it's official, you have neighbours, our land has settled & we've signed the contracts with PD. Have checked out your blog & plans, looks awesome, you must be rapt.

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JaseTash
Sep 05, 2009 7:47 pm
The Garden Whisperer
The Garden Whisperer
6 September 2009

Internal rendered block or Gyprock

Internal rendered block or Gyprock

were are you building? Here in the west nearly every home is double brick, all internal walls brick fast wall. Then rendered and plastered. Building with gyprock over…

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The Garden Whisperer
Sep 06, 2009 12:01 am
The Garden Whisperer
gsm
gsm
6 September 2009

Upper North Shore Building Adventure

Upper North Shore Building Adventure
NSW

Hi esm, do u have any pics yet? We are also using the moccasin brick and paperbark for gutter, fascia, downpipes, window frames and garage door. Only difference would be…

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gsm
Sep 06, 2009 1:28 am

We ended up changing design so we didn't have box gutters…

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James Bond
Sep 06, 2009 8:35 am
James Bond
pete002
pete002
6 September 2009

Is this frame acceptable?

Is this frame acceptable?
VIC

Keep us posted on this one, very interested to see the outcome. I am a registered builder myself (here in VIC) and carpenter by trade. but as I have gotten older I have…

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pete002
Sep 06, 2009 9:43 am
Eljay
Eljay
6 September 2009

Sandalwood, Sydneytown, Jarrah, Ripponlea, Beaumonde bricks

Sandalwood, Sydneytown, Jarrah, Ripponlea, Beaumonde bricks

lol duh I didn't even think of that ::surprise:: Thanks, I'll get some work mates to help me tomorrow :wink:

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Eljay
Sep 06, 2009 10:15 am
kec2712
kec2712
6 September 2009

Your oponions pls : subdividable land

Your oponions pls : subdividable land
WA

Hi, I know my situation is different because I live in QLD (30 min from Brisbane) but my family gave us a block of land provided we paid all the subdivsion costs. The…

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kec2712
Sep 06, 2009 8:36 pm


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