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snuck
Sep 19, 2013 9:09 am
snuck
HeathWilD
HeathWilD
19 September 2013

Roof color

Roof color

Lighter colorbond colours do reflect more heat, the lighter colours like surfmist are designed as HSR or high solar reflectivity. They also produce a product called…

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HeathWilD
Sep 19, 2013 5:27 am
HeathWilD
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
6 September 2013

Maintenance Of Water Tank Submersible Pumps

Maintenance Of Water Tank Submersible Pumps

Hi SaveH2O, Realistically this will occur .1 % of the time. That combined with velocity of the water moving through the pump should prevent any damage to the pump. After…

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4_Pumps
Sep 06, 2013 9:35 am
4_Pumps
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
31 July 2013

Rainwater Harvesting Wet System Questions

Rainwater Harvesting Wet System Questions
1, 2

Just wondering why you wouldn't recommend using the standard 1,200kpa storm water and you opt for the pressure stuff. Have you had a bad…

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SaveH2O
Jul 31, 2013 2:24 am
SaveH2O
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
31 July 2013

Spring-fed dams??

Spring-fed dams??

Hi Guys, I would check the bore to see the depth before you hit water. Hopefully it is at a similar height to the dam and could point you in the right direction. Hope that helps

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4_Pumps
Jul 31, 2013 12:47 am
4_Pumps
lucylu
lucylu
14 July 2013

Wax for plywood kitchen

Wax for plywood kitchen

You can get formaldehyde free marine ply and normal ply. Just have to search a bit harder to find the marine grade low VOC stuff

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lucylu
Jul 14, 2013 8:22 pm
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MrsT12
Jul 03, 2013 9:08 pm
MrsT12
Danois
Danois
20 June 2013

Josh's House - 10 Star energy efficiency rating project

Josh's House - 10 Star energy efficiency rating project

It sounds like some of you have entirely missed the point of his building this project. You dont need a double glazed passive haus in…

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Danois
Jun 20, 2013 9:12 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
27 May 2013

Rainwater tank connection conundrum

Rainwater tank connection conundrum

Thanks for the info. I had it picked as S.A. with W.A. the second choice. The 74 sq m roof area will collect 172 lpm during a 1:20 ARI. I always design for a 1:20 ARI…

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SaveH2O
May 27, 2013 12:10 pm
SaveH2O
JamesBibby
JamesBibby
13 May 2013

Brisbane solar power recommendations please

Brisbane solar power recommendations please

The system was ordered 5th March, it is now 13th May and it would appear it was finally up and running last week.

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JamesBibby
May 13, 2013 10:27 am
TimH247
TimH247
11 April 2013

Sizing a rainwater system for self-sufficiency

Sizing a rainwater system for self-sufficiency

I understand that a tank by the house has less friction loss and possibly less head loss, but I can't work out how that…

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TimH247
Apr 11, 2013 7:16 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 April 2013

Green ways to dehumidify a house

Green ways to dehumidify a house

If a house has the laundry , bathroom and kitchen ventilated by means of extraction fans to the outside of the house ( not to the wall cavities or ceiling space ) then…

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Stewie D
Apr 09, 2013 8:51 am
tezzab
tezzab
26 March 2013

Alternative Building Products

Alternative Building Products

Several SIPs manufacturers right there in WA. Outer/Inner skins vary from OSB, Oriented Strand Board, Fibre Cement Sheet, Ply, and less common, MgO Magnesium Oxide…

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tezzab
Mar 26, 2013 6:05 pm
tezzab
AdamIrons
AdamIrons
14 March 2013

Cheap Solar Warning

Cheap Solar Warning

Greetings everyone; I have been seeing a lot of companies lately been advertising 5KW systems installed for $2200. Be warned these systems are not 5kw. It is a 5kw…

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AdamIrons
Mar 14, 2013 5:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 March 2013

Under ground rooms

Under ground rooms

Too true BE. And that is why we do it this way and no other... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=63344&p=988477#p988477 Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 12, 2013 8:45 pm
1rocky
1rocky
9 March 2013

Provisions for solar power / hot water

Provisions for solar power / hot water

we have not made any special provisions for cables etc for our solar power . we are getting it installed after handover. the solar hot water is being installed…

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1rocky
Mar 09, 2013 4:21 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
8 March 2013

First flush diverter

First flush diverter

Just came across this old thread and I am going to respond to it because of some of the opinions given and the fact that the subject matter is still current.…

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SaveH2O
Mar 08, 2013 4:00 pm
SaveH2O
sceen7
sceen7
27 February 2013

Domestic Hot Water Systems - Condensing boiler

Domestic Hot Water Systems - Condensing boiler

No so long as its a 6 star unit the difference in gas usage wouldn't be much. I also checked how long it took for our furtherst shower to warm up and it was less than I…

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sceen7
Feb 27, 2013 10:33 am
AdamIrons
AdamIrons
25 February 2013

Looking for LED Downlight Supplier

Looking for LED Downlight Supplier

Ideal Electrical also have a huge supply of LED lights...

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AdamIrons
Feb 25, 2013 4:35 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
16 February 2013

Underground Water Tank in front yard

Underground Water Tank in front yard
1, 2

Just be aware that a tank will only collect water from the roof areas the downpipes feeding the tank harvest. The harvest yield will also not be 100% and yield losses…

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SaveH2O
Feb 16, 2013 11:44 am
SaveH2O
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
15 February 2013

Sun+ solar company

Sun+ solar company

With due respect to this forum I would ask your question on the Whirlpool site in the Green-Tech forum where several reputable solar tradies frequent

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Uncle Arfur
Feb 15, 2013 2:34 am
lesliemorris85
lesliemorris85
8 February 2013

Light guards. Worth fitting?

Light guards. Worth fitting?

Nice tip there about the shade cloth. Will give it a try on mine, thanks! :D

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lesliemorris85
Feb 08, 2013 1:21 pm
Gandj
Gandj
1 February 2013

Do we need a smaller water tank next to the house?

Do we need a smaller water tank next to the house?

SaveH20, Thank you for your very length and informative post this has re-inforced some of the information I had already read. This is one the great things about this…

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Gandj
Feb 01, 2013 5:23 pm
auntyric
auntyric
1 February 2013

Solar span panels for the ceiling???

Solar span panels for the ceiling???

Hi, We have had some fab plans drawn for our new build in Perth- it's very exciting. We are going to use solar span for the skillion roof as it will give us good sized…

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auntyric
Feb 01, 2013 12:17 am
Liliana
Liliana
29 January 2013

Access point for grey water

Access point for grey water

Our house was supposed to be made grey water ready. The building designer stipulated that the builder was supposed to provide a single junction between the grey and black…

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Liliana
Jan 29, 2013 5:35 pm
grumblebum54
grumblebum54
29 January 2013

South facing backyard

South facing backyard

I just checked the area where you are building and a south facing backyard would be aimed at Bass Strait. The peninsula has lakes and open sea so you should get some…

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grumblebum54
Jan 29, 2013 7:51 am
grumblebum54
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Danois
Jan 11, 2013 5:38 pm
MR2
MR2
11 January 2013

3 Phase Solar system Musings

3 Phase Solar system Musings

Found a company (USA) that does the Solaredge power boxes for $85 :) http://www.backwoodssolar.com/ Inverter pricing here: http://www.choiceelectric.com.au/pdf/pr ...…

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MR2
Jan 11, 2013 10:59 am
MR2
delatite13
delatite13
10 January 2013

Anyone used Thermawall or Koolwall over hebel blocks?

Anyone used Thermawall or Koolwall over hebel blocks?

On top of those costings above, don't forget a decent price psqm for the render. I doubt you'll find a renderer for $10 a sq metre.

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delatite13
Jan 10, 2013 9:13 pm
delatite13
MR2
MR2
9 January 2013

DIY SOlar Panels?

DIY SOlar Panels?
1, 2

Ohhhhhh crap, I've been replying in the wrong thread!

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MR2
Jan 09, 2013 5:34 am
MR2
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
5 January 2013

Pressure tank and hydro control pump.

Pressure tank and hydro control pump.

Good to hear that it is all sorted. The information should be valuable for a lot of people. Please post and let us know how it all goes. How helpful were the experts you…

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SaveH2O
Jan 05, 2013 11:12 am
SaveH2O
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MR2
Jan 04, 2013 12:33 pm
MR2
TinaG
TinaG
3 January 2013

How are you guys finding Evacuated Tube hot water systems?

How are you guys finding Evacuated Tube hot water systems?

My dad has one. He lives in WA and has had a nightmare of a time getting everything installed. He ended up having a friend from Germany coming over and installing the tank…

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TinaG
Jan 03, 2013 1:36 pm
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Stewie D
Jan 03, 2013 7:27 am
jamesandmegz
jamesandmegz
2 January 2013

poured earth/stabilised earth

poured earth/stabilised earth

hey guys the hubby and i are in the process of fixing up our place to put on the market. We want to buy a property out of town and build our own place from scratch. Has…

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jamesandmegz
Jan 02, 2013 8:32 pm
Liliana
Liliana
23 December 2012

Does our house comply with the energy rating?

Does our house comply with the energy rating?

Yes, we do have to pay for recycled water. The building designer didn't do any of the in-depth site research she was supposed to do. Really her philosophy I now realise…

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Liliana
Dec 23, 2012 2:04 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
23 December 2012

What size outlet fitting on poly water tanks

What size outlet fitting on poly water tanks

Just had another look and found it. 12. PUMP CONNECTION All pumps should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s…

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SaveH2O
Dec 23, 2012 12:43 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 December 2012

Rainwater tap has no water pressure

Rainwater tap has no water pressure

Hi Liliana, The IP rating is explained on this thread... http://creativepumps.com.au/zpumps/ligh ... rating.htm You have a powerful pump, bigger than I would have…

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2013
SaveH2O
Dec 13, 2012 5:30 pm
SaveH2O
jparrie
jparrie
13 December 2012

ICF Builders in Sydney

ICF Builders in Sydney

Just saw this post, probably too late but here goes... I've built 2 houses with ICF, one here in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Quite frankly I wouldn't ever build a house…

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jparrie
Dec 13, 2012 1:11 pm
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SaveH2O
Dec 11, 2012 3:46 pm
SaveH2O
leighton
leighton
11 December 2012

Rainwater/Stormwater system advice

Rainwater/Stormwater system advice

Unless you put in a very big tank, you will be running water straight through the tank and onto the land. It doesn't fix the problem. Put in one tank but run the water to…

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leighton
Dec 11, 2012 7:31 am
leighton
bashworth
bashworth
9 December 2012

Is our rainwater responsible for this?

Is our rainwater responsible for this?

It might be due to the acidity in the rainwater perishing the rubber. I have heard it said that washing machine seals are ok in high pH situations and will not be damaged…

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bashworth
Dec 09, 2012 4:25 pm
bashworth
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
1 December 2012

Rain water tanks & storm run off.

Rain water tanks & storm run off.
1, 2

Once again SH20 your a champ :: We may have come alittle unstuck re the water tank atm,have to now have the house painted instead of doing it ourselves so the spare $$$$…

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kerry-ann
Dec 01, 2012 3:56 pm
munter
munter
29 November 2012

Noisy Heat Pump Hot Water System

Noisy Heat Pump Hot Water System

Is it a Rheem? They seem to have a poor reputation for reliability. One of the failure modes is when the refrigerant leaks and the compressor runs excessively because the…

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munter
Nov 29, 2012 9:11 pm

Ended up going with the Trimline unslotted gutter as Lysaght's 'flat back half round' does not support 100mm downpipe nozzles / pops. The Trimline…

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jnk40
Nov 21, 2012 12:08 pm
jnk40
Knolesy
Knolesy
21 November 2012

Alkira Homes and Vogue Homes

Alkira Homes and Vogue Homes

Hi Michaelhart, Just wondering if you have chosen a builder yet? I have to say that after everything we have been through with the bankrupt builder, we could not be…

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Knolesy
Nov 21, 2012 8:30 am
bashworth
bashworth
20 November 2012

Cost to make house greywater ready

Cost to make house greywater ready

By the sounds of that I would have thought around $100

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bashworth
Nov 20, 2012 11:05 am
bashworth
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
6 November 2012

What should a rainwater tank sit on?

What should a rainwater tank sit on?

I am concerned that the installation may have breached the barrier. I would have installed two smaller tanks rather than one. By doing this, they could have been linked…

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SaveH2O
Nov 06, 2012 3:05 pm
SaveH2O
theyetti
theyetti
25 October 2012

Rinnai Infinity 26 Enviro- extra for tempering water?

Rinnai Infinity 26 Enviro- extra for tempering water?

Both the Rinnai Infinity 26 and 26 Enviro require a power-point. The tempering valve wouldn't be required if a temperature limited 50°C unit was installed. If the…

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theyetti
Oct 25, 2012 8:45 pm
jnk40
jnk40
18 October 2012

Water tank guages - what do you use?

Water tank guages - what do you use?

Thanks for the links and feedback. The Lucano in SaveH2O's post seems to be simple enough to last the distance and I like that it is a clear visual check that shows the…

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jnk40
Oct 18, 2012 9:33 pm
jnk40


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