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Its fairly easy to install and maintain. THe hardest part is getting dumbass council to approve the design given its not standard materials, tile,…

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Redman
Jul 21, 2010 7:11 pm
Redman
Richard W
Richard W
26 July 2010

Water Tank Question

Water Tank Question

Every job is different but you have to consider the project in smaller parts. Part 1 Connect the roof to the tank. Part 2 Connect the tank overflow to the stormwater…

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Richard W
Jul 26, 2010 4:13 pm
dragongirl
dragongirl
1 August 2010

Computer modelling

Computer modelling

Cheers Dymo we'll re-do our sums and see if it all works out ok :)

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dragongirl
Aug 01, 2010 4:09 pm
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1sthome
Aug 07, 2010 1:39 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
7 August 2010

Rainwater Tank installation

Rainwater Tank installation

If you site it down a hill then you have to pump it back up the hill to use it. The tank only needs to be just below the guttering of your house to flow into it. You have…

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onc_artisan
Aug 07, 2010 1:36 pm
onc_artisan
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
8 August 2010

Anyone used Ecowaterbox?

Anyone used Ecowaterbox?

Hi Dirkadirk Did you end up going with this system? I don't quite understand your pricing is it $8000 for 5000 litres or $8000 for 200,000…

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dirkadirk
Aug 08, 2010 7:05 pm
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
14 August 2010

Internal paint and VOCs

Internal paint and VOCs

We went to the trouble of specifying low VOC paint, but have just gone through our place yesterday and noticed that the painter appears to be…

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mecha-wombat
Aug 14, 2010 6:24 am
mecha-wombat
russell
russell
15 August 2010

Plastic v galvenised Rain water tanks

Plastic v galvenised Rain water tanks

Depends how intense the flames are. Have seen some around here subjected to non-crown fire and they just melted down to the water level but remained intact.

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russell
Aug 15, 2010 1:18 pm
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
16 August 2010

Low VOC paints

Low VOC paints

Hi everyone I just posted on my blog about our journey to find low VOC paints. Thought some of you might be…

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Elizabeth
Aug 16, 2010 10:01 pm
Chappy
Chappy
23 August 2010

Sanctuary Energy Solar Panels deal

Sanctuary Energy Solar Panels deal

Hi Guys Just on the solar panels. I read a thread on Sanctuary Energy deal and a fewpeople were getting it installed etc. Any feedback on this company, installation etc…

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Chappy
Aug 23, 2010 8:17 pm
evie
evie
27 August 2010

Orientation

Orientation

the lady said she got the advice about 40 degrees west of north from a man from scotland. she built in australia and says it worked for her, so much so she suggested we…

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evie
Aug 27, 2010 10:28 pm
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 September 2010

Banks and sustainable building

Banks and sustainable building

Just flagging that I have just written some stuff about our choice of financial institution and mortgage in my blog: buildingour9starhome.blogspot.com It's…

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Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2010 7:06 pm
mortgage2009
mortgage2009
2 September 2010

Solar hot water system

Solar hot water system

We've been in our newly built home for 6 weeks now and yesterday our builder contacted us to get the serial number of the Solar Hot water service‏ they installed, as…

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mortgage2009
Sep 02, 2010 2:19 pm
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jassy
Sep 05, 2010 11:12 pm
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
13 September 2010

5000l rainwater tank connected to house in south west WA?

5000l rainwater tank connected to house in south west WA?

Hi,thanks for asking this question,i'm interested to know about it all too :D Also interested in the re-use grey water thingy,maybe i have to ask that question myself ::lol:: cheers

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kerry-ann
Sep 13, 2010 12:16 pm
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
15 September 2010

Is Solar HWS noisy??

Is Solar HWS noisy??

yeah, I had planned to relocate it to outside ensuite. Although I am planning a bit of change in my ensuite layout which might make this a bit of issue. I will have to…

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rajan_g4
Sep 15, 2010 5:09 pm
rajan_g4
Caromac
Caromac
17 September 2010

My Tiny Little Eco Friendly Home

My Tiny Little Eco Friendly Home

Hi Chuq I have been looking at your build and am envious, unfortunately at my age I have to look at size versus echo friendly and the echo friendly was of more importance…

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Caromac
Sep 17, 2010 9:00 pm
Caromac
ausdesign
ausdesign
24 September 2010

Compass with sun path markings

Compass with sun path markings

Dymonite is correct. More often than not on both architect & building designer drawings the 'north indicater' is just that . . . an indication of north. The site plan…

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ausdesign
Sep 24, 2010 5:26 pm
ausdesign
cyclone
cyclone
28 September 2010

3 phase reading from controller

3 phase reading from controller

http://www.gorgecreekorchards.com.au/reading3phase.jpg This is for any interested parties. This is a snapshot of my usage during…

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cyclone
Sep 28, 2010 5:44 pm
cyclone
wizard
wizard
30 September 2010

Paint - any reviews of low VOC paint performance and price

Paint - any reviews of low VOC paint performance and price

Are you in Melbourne? The prices you have been quoted for the Haymes is a little on the expensive side, PM me (and this goes for anyone) if you want to know where to get…

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wizard
Sep 30, 2010 12:54 pm
wizard
OMG
OMG
3 October 2010

Solar Panel installations for electricity

Solar Panel installations for electricity

Hi Try reading thru here - heaps of useful info. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/138 Cheers Kim

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OMG
Oct 03, 2010 9:50 pm
ESB
ESB
5 October 2010

Underground Water Tank

Underground Water Tank

I was searching for this the other night, but wanted it under the driveway as we only have a 1000 sqm block ... I know this company is in Brisbane, but just thought I'd…

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ESB
Oct 05, 2010 12:12 pm
ESB
russell
russell
6 October 2010

Rainwater tank pressure activated pump

Rainwater tank pressure activated pump

Surely if it's returning into the tank, this would not happen when it is actually pumping. So pressure would still reach the target, it would turn off, and only then would…

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russell
Oct 06, 2010 12:41 am
parawolf
parawolf
6 October 2010

Blogging about building our 9 star house

Blogging about building our 9 star house

Living just across the divide in Thornbury i'm following your build with interest. I'm on a 390sqm block with a house i'd love to build from scratch and really interested…

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parawolf
Oct 06, 2010 11:45 am
Angela2106
Angela2106
9 October 2010

Chromagen Solar Panels, 1.5kw - Worth it?

Chromagen Solar Panels, 1.5kw - Worth it?

Hi, we have just been offered a 1.5kw Chromagen system in lieu of a dishwasher by our home building company. It seems like a no-brainer but all this solar panels stuff is…

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Angela2106
Oct 09, 2010 3:30 pm
modtank
modtank
11 October 2010

Anyone using ModTanks?

Anyone using ModTanks?

Hi, I am Stephen Collis, owner, designer and manufaturer of Modtank, Modtank though a recently invented product, to fit where other tanks do not, has 18,000 plus units…

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modtank
Oct 11, 2010 12:12 pm
tjilpi
tjilpi
13 October 2010

What can I do with her room??

What can I do with her room??
1, 2

What about the outside security shutters? They are insulated and can be mechanically operated from inside. There are also exterior blinds which can be mechanically…

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tjilpi
Oct 13, 2010 9:24 am
Thudd
Thudd
13 October 2010

SHW Evac Tube size

SHW Evac Tube size

What are the pros and cons of 70mm diameter evacuated tubes vs 100mm tubes? The obvious benefit of the bigger tubes is efficiency in size. If I look at the specs of a…

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Thudd
Oct 13, 2010 10:24 am
*frosty*
*frosty*
16 October 2010

solar panels - cost and best brands

solar panels - cost and best brands

My understanding is that it's AGL customers in the Jemena distribution patch. The 32c is a shoulder rate for a couple of hours in the evening. I'm aware of the article,…

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*frosty*
Oct 16, 2010 9:35 pm
*frosty*
TinaG
TinaG
28 October 2010

Caromac's Retirement Home

Caromac's Retirement Home

Where are you located Carolyn? In colder areas you want sun on the windows in winter, so more glass to the north. In hot areas you want as much shade as possible (in…

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TinaG
Oct 28, 2010 5:05 pm
Poopee
Poopee
31 October 2010

rainwater tank pump kit

rainwater tank pump kit

Thanks yetti, I have used gutter guards to prevent leaves from going into downpipe to tank. Also the inlet of the tank has a filter. What I was wondering was the outlet or…

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Poopee
Oct 31, 2010 10:01 pm
bashworth
bashworth
10 December 2010

How to hook in a 2nd tank?

How to hook in a 2nd tank?

Connect the overflow of the first tank to the second tank and then connect the overflow of the second tank to the drain. When the first tank is full it will then start to…

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bashworth
Dec 10, 2010 3:12 pm
bashworth
newhouseheadache
newhouseheadache
17 December 2010

Rainwater tank headache

Rainwater tank headache

Thank you so much for all the advice. BCC call centre had absolutely no idea. They said they had never heard of an annual licence. They referred me to a specialist area…

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newhouseheadache
Dec 17, 2010 4:06 pm
Manuel
Manuel
23 December 2010

understanding energy effiency laws

understanding energy effiency laws

Residential Building Mandatory Disclosure (RBMD) is the next step the government is planning to introduce after the…

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Manuel
Dec 23, 2010 2:27 pm
Velouria
Velouria
23 December 2010

Low E Glass

Low E Glass

Does anyone have any experience with Sunergy glass? We are using it for our single pane West facing windows, as ComfortPlus didn't meet our fire rating (not thick enough)

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Velouria
Dec 23, 2010 3:55 pm
Velouria
Redman
Redman
27 December 2010

Power ventilation using ducted heating system

Power ventilation using ducted heating system

Has anyone tried what is suggested in the subject line? So on those summer evenings when you've opened the windows but no air is…

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Redman
Dec 27, 2010 4:10 am
Redman
dymonite69
dymonite69
31 December 2010

Is Stainless Steel Raintank healthiest option?

Is Stainless Steel Raintank healthiest option?

The Bluescope steel tanks come with a plastic liner anyway.

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dymonite69
Dec 31, 2010 6:36 pm
dymonite69
joles
joles
2 January 2011

How's the temperature today (Vic)?

How's the temperature today (Vic)?

Yes I know! That was actually the stillest night we've had since we've been in this house. There was the tiniest bit of breeze and it did cool down to a comfortable temp,…

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joles
Jan 02, 2011 6:36 pm
joles
lonnie
lonnie
10 January 2011

Clear Timber Finish - Porters Clearcote?

Clear Timber Finish - Porters Clearcote?

Has anyone used Porters Clearcote on internal woodwork or external windowframes? I'd appreciate some feedback if so. Cheers, lonnie

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lonnie
Jan 10, 2011 11:25 am
lonnie
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
12 January 2011

Tempted to go down the solar path

Tempted to go down the solar path

Eager if you can get interest free finance why not? When I started the solar search I cringed at anything Chinese, but after reading-around Ive found that…

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Uncle Arfur
Jan 12, 2011 7:55 pm
fredinver
fredinver
14 January 2011

Adding a storage tank to existing solar hot water system

Adding a storage tank to existing solar hot water system

Hot water will flow uphill provided he pipe is a slope up for the length of a pipe, so if you can connect the new ground level tank so that the insulated pipe from the top…

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fredinver
Jan 14, 2011 7:20 pm

We have a cream colour bond vergola which is a wind manual one. It is in perfect working order. We are looking to extend our patio. It is 3 x 3 x 2.6. We are in…

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