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The first thing you need to do is Google your council's requirements. The council mandates however are often poorly thought out but there are some basic design principles…

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SaveH2O
Oct 01, 2016 3:31 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
16 September 2016

Rinnai HWS & Pressure Tank

Rinnai HWS & Pressure Tank
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I didn't know that this product existed, it is an overdue innovation and I am going to buy one myself and do some long term testing. I have asked around but I haven't…

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SaveH2O
Sep 16, 2016 12:32 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
4 September 2016

Wet (Charged System), sediment trap?

Wet (Charged System), sediment trap?

There are a number of threads in this sub forum that discuss and also show a diagram of a very effective DIY sediment trap designed for DWV pipe. The head is the…

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SaveH2O
Sep 04, 2016 4:15 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 August 2016

Size of backyard -> size of water tank

Size of backyard -> size of water tank

I wouldn't look at it on a ROI basis but you can pick up perfectly good second hand tanks quite cheaply. You also don't need a big pump if you use an 18mm garden hose from…

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SaveH2O
Aug 13, 2016 2:32 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
3 March 2016

Sustainability Links

Sustainability Links

Thanks for the tip. I'll go through all those links and toss out all the ones that are no longer working. It's been a while since I looked at some of them. Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 03, 2016 7:43 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 November 2015

$250k budget, lots of straight timber trees....

$250k budget, lots of straight timber trees....

All good timber species. If it were me and giving the amount of timber on your place ( once it is milled ) I'd go a post and beam style house. A lot will also depend on…

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Stewie D
Nov 16, 2015 10:45 pm
TraceyWayne
TraceyWayne
31 October 2015

Solar Systems for Gold Coast?

Solar Systems for Gold Coast?

We went through SAE Group in Tweed heads, they do GC I believe. Really happy with their service, solar went in early and has been powering our build. Very happy to…

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TraceyWayne
Oct 31, 2015 9:31 am
TraceyWayne
multipurposebloke
multipurposebloke
21 August 2015

QLD "Endangered Regional Ecosystem" vegetation clearing

QLD "Endangered Regional Ecosystem" vegetation clearing

I'm hoping someone who has recently cleared vegetation in QLD can help me. Can we clear an area to build a shed before we get approval to start building the house? They…

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multipurposebloke
Aug 21, 2015 2:22 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
4 August 2015

Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.
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I assume that you are referring to the tank's top meshed inlet and the tank's outlet valve that supplies the pump. Most tanks have the outlet valve fitted very low at the…

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SaveH2O
Aug 04, 2015 2:47 pm
SaveH2O
bpratt
bpratt
22 March 2015

Floating water tank !

Floating water tank !

The soil test indicated H1 soil for the slab, so there's clay there. I had a retaining wall on the garage side of house, but that ground like near the water tank was not…

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bpratt
Mar 22, 2015 11:09 am
MnT
MnT
31 December 2014

Does anyone have full Off Grid Solar Power

Does anyone have full Off Grid Solar Power
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I realize this is an old post but have only just come across it. We have been living with an for over a year, and we are so happy with the quality of the system, it works…

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MnT
Dec 31, 2014 4:04 pm
MnT
pominoz
pominoz
22 April 2014

SOLIMPEKS PV-Thermal

SOLIMPEKS PV-Thermal

I am still in the planning stage of our build and would like to have solar hot water and PV. I have been trying to educate myself regarding these and came across…

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pominoz
Apr 22, 2014 4:33 pm
MR2
MR2
20 January 2014

REMINDER: Check Meter Reading

REMINDER: Check Meter Reading

we just had the same thing, our bill was over by 130kw over a 137kw bill hahahaha

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MR2
Jan 20, 2014 5:04 pm
MR2
bpratt
bpratt
2 January 2014

Rainwater tank bedding

Rainwater tank bedding

A couple of years back on our old house, we added a 10 000 litre poly water tank, and the instructions for the base was that if you didn't have a concrete base, you could…

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bpratt
Jan 02, 2014 12:15 pm
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 11:27 am
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 6:05 pm
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 2:21 pm
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Danois
Jan 11, 2013 6:38 pm
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 12:12 pm
SaveH2O
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 1:43 pm
SaveH2O

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 1:08 pm
jnk40
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 10:33 pm
jnk40
equineaffair
equineaffair
10 June 2012

Composting toilets?

Composting toilets?

I have one and I totally hate it. Gets full of bugs, Cannot wait for the house to be finished with septic tanks.

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equineaffair
Jun 11, 2012 12:22 am
equineaffair
yvette72
yvette72
13 January 2012

taylex compact 90

taylex compact 90

i am trying to find out what is costs to run the taylex compact 90 power wise it does run 24 days a day.the price cost of our power here is 20.6900.as there is a new add…

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yvette72
Jan 13, 2012 9:59 am
Eve Dweller
Eve Dweller
7 December 2011

solar power installed anyone know to....

solar power installed anyone know to....

What I'm describing is a global evaluation in net energy production. Fossil fuels are a real source of energy. Solar and wind are only technologies to harness and…

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Eve Dweller
Dec 07, 2011 7:27 pm
RoadkillNZ
RoadkillNZ
30 November 2011

Eco-friendly Christmas ideas?

Eco-friendly Christmas ideas?

I was going to go for the solar versions of Christmas lights after Christmas (buying for next year) that way I save money and power :), and we don't have the time this year…

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RoadkillNZ
Nov 30, 2011 2:50 am
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yvette72
Aug 14, 2011 10:30 am
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
11 May 2011

SOLAR HELP PLEASE!!!

SOLAR HELP PLEASE!!!
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How are you going with it all Pebbles? We are FNQ and have had a good quote from Infinity Solar, and a very overpriced one from a WA mob who are travelling around.…

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Raleighfarm
May 11, 2011 3:27 pm
Raleighfarm
jess p
jess p
16 April 2011

Greywater recycling

Greywater recycling
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I am really intersted in greywater too, very informative post guys!

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jess p
Apr 16, 2011 2:23 pm
melbourne architect
melbourne architect
15 April 2011

My energy saving tips :)

My energy saving tips :)

Some great ideas. Re CFLs They've been marketed as 'environmentally friendly.' In fact, they are full of Mercury, which has to go somewhere, some day. BTW, if you happen…

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melbourne architect
Apr 15, 2011 6:36 pm
Jadielee87
Jadielee87
5 April 2011

Queenslander's - ClimateSmart Home Service

Queenslander's - ClimateSmart Home Service

Thanks Higherdestiny! I will definitely organise it when we move in! Any money saved is always a bonus! ::smile::

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Jadielee87
Apr 05, 2011 11:46 am
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
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
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
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
cyclone
cyclone
24 August 2008

November 2009

November 2009

Dimmable fluros ... well, I lashed out and got one for our lounge. Trying to do the right thing. It flickered like crazy! Simply would not…

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cyclone
Aug 24, 2008 1:52 pm
cyclone

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