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Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
14 August 2009

steel frame

steel frame

Any frame and truss factory will knock up what you need if you give them the plans

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Dukekamaya
Aug 14, 2009 7:58 pm
Dukekamaya
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
14 August 2009

Did Everybody get lightbulbs included with their build?

Did Everybody get lightbulbs included with their build?

None for us! Just the batten. I guess with the cost of incandescent bulbs these days it's not really a surprise.

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buildingadreamhome
Aug 14, 2009 8:38 pm
buildingadreamhome
Macy
Macy
14 August 2009

URGENT: Inviolation of 4386.2.1996 - what does this mean?

URGENT: Inviolation of 4386.2.1996 - what does this mean?
VIC

I have a double storey and will get sarking with the colorbond roof. what does sarking have to do with the range hood ducting? will call…

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Macy
Aug 14, 2009 8:57 pm
CarolineJ
CarolineJ
14 August 2009

Small block and double or large and single???

Small block and double or large and single???

Do you have kid, or are they on the cards? If so, I would personally go for the land.

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CarolineJ
Aug 15, 2009 12:19 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
15 August 2009

French or Swiss???

French or Swiss???

Re: Ebony Vs Slate Grey Ebony solar reflectance is 5.1 Slate Grey solar reflectance is 12.7 Ebony Solar Absorptance is 94.9 ± 0.2 Slate Grey Solar Absorptance is 87.3 ±…

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gettingThere
Aug 15, 2009 11:05 am
mrs. swa
mrs. swa
15 August 2009

Newbie Question - site costs/soil tests

Newbie Question - site costs/soil tests
VIC

Hi Piper, I found the PD salesperson near us was a great wealth of knowledge, he had been with the company for years and knew the area well enough to say the estates…

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mrs. swa
Aug 15, 2009 11:41 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
15 August 2009

2nd fix carpentry progress claim

2nd fix carpentry progress claim

I suppose that you have a contract ,would it be best to read the contract and see what work should be copleted before you pay this installment…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 15, 2009 8:09 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
16 August 2009

time for cement slab to dry/cure?

time for cement slab to dry/cure?

Normally yes 5CU mtrs (if we need 5.4 we can sometimes get it in 1 load) But the last load we would organise it to be at least 3.4cu mtrs. Full accelerator, Hmmm ... we do…

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onc_artisan
Aug 16, 2009 1:38 pm
onc_artisan
Jess09
Jess09
16 August 2009

What cost more? House or land?

What cost more? House or land?
QLD
1, 2, 3

809m2 land - $125,000.00 22 square house with all fittings inc driveway except air con, fancy light fittings, fences and window furnishings - $191,000.00

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Jess09
Aug 16, 2009 3:50 pm
Jess09
jubacca
jubacca
16 August 2009

Crack in concrete slab

Crack in concrete slab
1, 2

Hi Dragon, It is a 85mm slab

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jubacca
Aug 16, 2009 7:47 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
16 August 2009

Is there a bolt missing here?

Is there a bolt missing here?

Yes unless the bottom of the stirrup is going to covered in a decent layer of concrete. Also the existing dyna bolt looks to be yellow-zinc plated where it should be galvanised

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Dukekamaya
Aug 16, 2009 8:56 pm
Dukekamaya
themax
themax
16 August 2009

Contracts arrived and signed ...Yippeeee!!!!!

Contracts arrived and signed ...Yippeeee!!!!!

Congratulations on signing up! Let's hope it's a smooth, hassle free build! We look forward to the piccies.

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themax
Aug 16, 2009 9:25 pm
themax
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Emmsie
Aug 16, 2009 11:56 pm
billdsl
billdsl
17 August 2009

Whats included in the softfit?

Whats included in the softfit?

well thats not very exciting :) thanks

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billdsl
Aug 17, 2009 7:10 am
billdsl
ifyareckon
ifyareckon
17 August 2009

Is it easy to add a gas point after handover?

Is it easy to add a gas point after handover?
VIC

If possible, i would try and add it during the build. PD charged $120 for the extra point. I'm sure you will be looking at a lot more than that to get a plumber out to do the same.

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ifyareckon
Aug 17, 2009 9:25 am

Hey guys, I am building with Ultimate homes in Ellenbrook... things have been progressing well with the house. I didn't know how to post pics before but i think i have…

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servo2605
Aug 17, 2009 12:58 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
17 August 2009

HELP - Weakened Frame

HELP - Weakened Frame

I agree with borg, it shouldn't be a problem but a noggin on edge directly under the top plate wouldn't hurt

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Dukekamaya
Aug 17, 2009 1:00 pm
Dukekamaya
Dasha
Dasha
17 August 2009

Soakwell installation

Soakwell installation

Hi Canty I am currently looking into soakwell installers or stormwater installers. Who installed your soakwells/stormwater? and did they do a…

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Dasha
Aug 17, 2009 2:37 pm
Bam
Bam
17 August 2009

'Earth Kiss' Render

'Earth Kiss' Render
VIC

Thanks Stormy!! What good timing, eh? ::lol:: I was hoping it would be a little darker then paperbark, as thats what we originally chose but we think it might be a little too…

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Bam
Aug 17, 2009 7:36 pm
Bam
fairy blue
fairy blue
17 August 2009

Visualisers

Visualisers

They are so helpful.... we decided on our colours…

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fairy blue
Aug 17, 2009 8:31 pm
fairy blue
Judie
Judie
17 August 2009

Interim Occupancy Certificate

Interim Occupancy Certificate

Oh Judie that's horrible!! It definitely exists as it's discussed in the letter from my PCA. Can you go direct to the council for one…

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Judie
Aug 17, 2009 9:26 pm
Judie
mrs. swa
mrs. swa
17 August 2009

Building in Laurimar - hope to start in a few weeks!!!!!

Building in Laurimar - hope to start in a few weeks!!!!!
VIC

A site start for both of us would be nice.... great if they are in the same class, at least they wont be the only new kids. I can't wait either - have been buying for the…

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mrs. swa
Aug 17, 2009 10:01 pm
Chedasha
Chedasha
17 August 2009

[WA] Step one....choosing the builder

[WA] Step one....choosing the builder
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

i can PM, but would rather not rip anyone on a public forum.. errr unless the finish point that is :) giving them EVERY chance to get it…

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Chedasha
Aug 17, 2009 10:49 pm
Daveky
Daveky
17 August 2009

I feel like we're being ripped off! Advise please

I feel like we're being ripped off! Advise please
VIC

What if you just bought the doors from bunnings and just copied the screw placement yourself, then sold the other doors on ebay? builders suck sometimes, everyone is out…

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Daveky
Aug 17, 2009 10:53 pm
bubbler1978
bubbler1978
17 August 2009

Allworth Homes

Allworth Homes
NSW

thanks for the feedback everyone. We ended signing up with Cosmopolitan homes - mainly because we are required to build a Cosmopolitan house on the block we picked - but…

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bubbler1978
Aug 17, 2009 11:26 pm
tc2000
tc2000
18 August 2009

Question about building close to easement!!

Question about building close to easement!!

Thanks TC2000 - I called up the council today, and the very helpful lady in engineering called me back later that day - apparently our side…

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tc2000
Aug 18, 2009 2:11 am
milly_monster
milly_monster
18 August 2009

Opinions please

Opinions please

well hubby and i could not agree antway decide to move wall plus add some wall down hall near bed 1 and have the kids computer in the rumpus in that new corner

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milly_monster
Aug 18, 2009 1:07 pm
gweluphome
gweluphome
18 August 2009

First Build Help......Perth!

First Build Help......Perth!
WA

Another investment oppertunity is to buy an already built display home. If you look on all the builders websites you can see display homes for sale or ready built homes…

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gweluphome
Aug 18, 2009 2:25 pm
misscrow
misscrow
18 August 2009

Completion date vs handover date

Completion date vs handover date

and where is your royalty cheque??? I know!! thats what i thought ::angry::

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misscrow
Aug 18, 2009 2:35 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
18 August 2009

Footings too short? Should we be worried?

Footings too short? Should we be worried?

All sorted. Spoke to the engineer and the footings guy. The footings guy will dig out around and under the top slab bolt up some reinforcement rods into the existing slab…

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gettingThere
Aug 18, 2009 8:20 pm
cyberman
cyberman
18 August 2009

Cancelling Preliminary Agreement

Cancelling Preliminary Agreement

I'd suggest you need to read your particular agreement to see what it has bound you to.

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cyberman
Aug 18, 2009 8:20 pm
cyberman
Flissfloss
Flissfloss
18 August 2009

Screen doors in Sydney

Screen doors in Sydney
NSW

Hi Judie, We went with Elie Home Improvements. Fantastic customer service and the price was competitive. We had flyscreens and security doors done and are very happy with them all.

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Flissfloss
Aug 18, 2009 9:07 pm
Flissfloss
Jojay
Jojay
18 August 2009

Building a flat roofed house.

Building a flat roofed house.

Wow! Much food for thought everyone. Many thanks.

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Jojay
Aug 18, 2009 9:13 pm
Ari
Ari
18 August 2009

$981 for 3 whirleybirds??

$981 for 3 whirleybirds??
VIC

During our tender appointment it took our tender presenter 10 minutes to make changes to our tender document. It really doesn't take them long at all so I dont know why…

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Ari
Aug 18, 2009 11:43 pm
d3p
d3p
18 August 2009

Help ! What stage i am currently?

Help ! What stage i am currently?
VIC

hey buzz and chickad23 thanks for the tip... :z: :z: time for practice :) now as an update, if everyone curious.... sent email again (verbally) i have been told, it's on…

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d3p
Aug 18, 2009 11:44 pm
CiNnY
CiNnY
19 August 2009

SMOKING inside a new home with plasterboard installed.

SMOKING inside a new home with plasterboard installed.

The smoked in ours right up until it was cleaned last week..... I also agree with the others its not that big a deal and you don;t want to get anyone offside over…

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CiNnY
Aug 19, 2009 10:43 am
gsm
gsm
19 August 2009

Can a site supervisor refuse to give license details?!!

Can a site supervisor refuse to give license details?!!
NSW

Thank you for the replies :) :) Hmmm...ok...but when we ran a check, at least 20 other names came up with their license numbers under this company, except the person (our SS),…

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gsm
Aug 19, 2009 7:45 pm
Azz75
Azz75
19 August 2009

Fencing Question...Urgent Help Needed!!!

Fencing Question...Urgent Help Needed!!!
VIC

Hi all, have just starting going through the fencing drama's. Can anyone also give advice? Our Estate says that we must have timber fences. I sent quotes out to our…

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Azz75
Aug 19, 2009 9:00 pm
Rinny
Rinny
19 August 2009

Photos of bricks - too much color variation??

Photos of bricks - too much color variation??
1, 2

I used to work for a brick company. Bricks come from a natural product, clay, so colour variation is to be expected. In fact it is part of the…

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Rinny
Aug 19, 2009 10:05 pm
Manda
Manda
19 August 2009

Gas Vent isn't close to Gas Point.

Gas Vent isn't close to Gas Point.

Oh really? They haven't put that in yet :/ It is in our dining room under a low window. I'm going to have to think hard for a piece of furniture to go there... I was…

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Manda
Aug 19, 2009 10:38 pm
Manda
Taffy
Taffy
20 August 2009

colour difference between soundscreen and normal batts??

colour difference between soundscreen and normal batts??

I had the same dilema as you I paid extra and they all looked the same, I asked the ss and he said they were sound batts. I ended up taking his word for it but next time I…

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Taffy
Aug 20, 2009 8:59 am
Taffy
Helyn
Helyn
20 August 2009

Questions on progressing house and land package

Questions on progressing house and land package

House/land packages often include fixed footing costs as the soil tests have been done by the builder.The builder has usually done them already before the package is…

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Helyn
Aug 20, 2009 10:05 am
Helyn
Edward
Edward
20 August 2009

Survey Peg missing due to developer

Survey Peg missing due to developer

Thanks for all your suggestions. I really appreciate it! I went to the block yesterday and tried locating all the pegs but to no avail. The back of the lot has lots of…

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Edward
Aug 20, 2009 10:14 am
ring09
ring09
20 August 2009

New Member - building costs in future.

New Member - building costs in future.

Hello, I am building a 24sq incl garage and costing approx 6700 base price house, no site costs included or any promo deal, with these included it's $7600. I would like…

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ring09
Aug 20, 2009 12:11 pm
ring09
Peppi
Peppi
21 August 2009

NEW HOME

NEW HOME
VIC

Thanks for the reply. Well your experience sounds horrifying. How has it all turned out? I’m currently waiting for building permits to begin building. How long did the…

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Peppi
Aug 21, 2009 10:58 am
billdsl
billdsl
21 August 2009

What constitutes a "fixing stage" in general

What constitutes a "fixing stage" in general

it would be good if someone created an "average builder" stage breakdown and stickied for all of us building noobs

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billdsl
Aug 21, 2009 4:16 pm
billdsl
aya99
aya99
21 August 2009

Rainwtr tank required in a recycle water area,is it normal?

Rainwtr tank required in a recycle water area,is it normal?
NSW

My Baulkham Hills council required a minimum 9000 litres although our land is in a recycle water area, is this normal? My solicitor or the agent, who sold the land, didn't…

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aya99
Aug 21, 2009 5:03 pm
aya99
Salt&Pepper
Salt&Pepper
21 August 2009

CARLISLE HOME, ALAMANDA , Bradford 21

CARLISLE HOME, ALAMANDA , Bradford 21
VIC

I just hope all our builds go well seeing there will be so many of us building at the same…

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Salt&Pepper
Aug 21, 2009 7:14 pm
Salt&Pepper
Marclau
Marclau
21 August 2009

Needing advice about Carlisle

Needing advice about Carlisle
VIC

Thanks S & P And great advice and could'nt agree more..........In fact that is where my problem is !! We can see ourselves living in both but a double storey would be…

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Marclau
Aug 21, 2009 9:20 pm
Marclau


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