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Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
24 February 2015

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

I hoped this thread was current. Please can someone contribute tips to OBs just starting out??

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Treeseachanger
Feb 24, 2015 11:22 am

We've crushed up hundreds of bottles and now have about 250kg of glass standing by ready to add to the concrete floors.

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RuffTuff
Nov 18, 2018 5:52 pm
RuffTuff

More decking pictures! Cos I love our outdoor area. This is our decking off the master OH watching The Grand Tour on the decking.

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twylamc
Nov 15, 2018 11:17 pm
twylamc
kks
kks
15 November

Timber posts?

Timber posts?

"OK lads, Let's pop down the green shed and pick up a bit 'o treated pine for the job." Is there a Hazard Zone rating for the timber somewhere in the specs?

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kks
Nov 15, 2018 3:54 pm
MrChelseaFC
MrChelseaFC
15 November

Owner Builder - was it worth it?

Owner Builder - was it worth it?

Yes thank you it does help. I'll look at options such as using by builders site supervisor. I have time to think this through so will plan approepreiately

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MrChelseaFC
Nov 15, 2018 9:32 am
alexp79
alexp79
12 November

HelixSteel - 3D concrete reinforcement

HelixSteel - 3D concrete reinforcement

Just ran across those guys. www.helixsteel.com.au Looks like a really interesting technology - adding zinc fibers to the concrete mix, it allows you to create much…

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alexp79
Nov 12, 2018 2:59 pm
alexp79
alexp79
12 November

Concrete Price per meter cube m3

Concrete Price per meter cube m3

Sydney currently is $250-260 per sqm for 25 MPA (incl GST)

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alexp79
Nov 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Now that I have finished work down in Sydney, later than expected, I can get stuck into work on the house. I expect to be working more or less full time on the house and…

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powerd
Nov 09, 2018 9:46 am
DB420
DB420
8 November

Relocating home grounding rod / earth rod

Relocating home grounding rod / earth rod

Hey, So basically i want to relocate the grounding rod for my home and i really don't want to shell out like $500 to an electrician to do something i know i can do with my…

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DB420
Nov 08, 2018 12:27 am
ahua
ahua
26 October

wall construction

wall construction

I wasn't going to put it in but possibly soild foam say 30mm thick glued to wall in between battens. Not sure if a space between inner and outer wall is required.

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ahua
Oct 26, 2018 10:40 pm
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Ardo
Oct 24, 2018 7:29 pm
Ardo
Ardo
17 October

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China

I had a quote to do a house and they only offered a commercial grade window. I couldn’t grasp the installation details, as I am building with a timber clad frame and it…

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Ardo
Oct 17, 2018 7:02 pm
kathysangel
kathysangel
11 October

Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?

Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?

my bricklayers were sacked I have a new crew and all my bricks are been replaced so happy it's looking great

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kathysangel
Oct 11, 2018 8:35 pm
Joker
Joker
11 October

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

Dude don't reply to my post go away, as if I haven't worked with owner builder who had nothing, in fact most people who work in the building industry don't…

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Joker
Oct 11, 2018 6:49 pm

Owner builder reference materials

Owner builder reference materials

Zebrah The problem with Generic Data, Information, Photos,etc is that " One size doesn't fit all projects and this is old outdated technology" I do recommend 3D BIM…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 05, 2018 8:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Ross Squire kit - OB in Parkerville WA - Mood Boards!!!

Ross Squire kit - OB in Parkerville WA - Mood Boards!!!
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Just came across this thread and saw that you have clay and had to invert the leach drains and septics. Would you have any images of this? I've got my eye on a clayey…

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Mrs_Puddleduck
Oct 01, 2018 2:46 pm
alexp79
alexp79
27 September

Granno labour - fair rate

Granno labour - fair rate

What is fair rate for granno worker labor those days? 1) for footings - formwork, waterproofing, steelfix, finish (e.g. per cube) 2) for slab - (without formwork), just…

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alexp79
Sep 27, 2018 4:35 pm
aussieta
aussieta
19 September

Slab for garage - is engineer over engineering it?

Slab for garage - is engineer over engineering it?
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when you build up to an easement the foundations have to be deeper and stronger so the relevant authority can dig the drain up without your garage falling down

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aussieta
Sep 19, 2018 5:28 pm
aussieta

Hey mate All cabinetry custom made, comes in preassembled modules ready to install. Also imported over double glazed windows, custom made vanity benchtops with recessed…

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KonkretHaus
Sep 19, 2018 12:22 am
KonkretHaus

I am now working to close off the garage/ workshop area under the house. Firstly I sealed off the concrete floor with paving paint from Crystal Paints (top place for…

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judefer
Sep 13, 2018 10:02 am
Ardo
Ardo
9 September

Any info on new Basix since July 2017 and using raised floor

Any info on new Basix since July 2017 and using raised floor

I agree with you. The problem is that you can no longer specify your insulation requirements using the online tool to compensate for the loss or gain in the thermal…

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Ardo
Sep 09, 2018 10:19 am
Allrisk
Allrisk
3 September

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky, you can call me on 1300 255 747 in business hours, or at any time of day can get a quote at the link below

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Allrisk
Sep 03, 2018 8:30 pm
Allrisk
Pummers
Pummers
2 September

BASIX for ICF Build

BASIX for ICF Build

You are correct that "R" values are supplied, but it can be difficult to add to the NatHERS assessment. I have had one done previously and don't believe it was done…

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Pummers
Sep 03, 2018 12:26 am
PeniCain
PeniCain
13 August

FIRST HOME BUYERS

FIRST HOME BUYERS

Hi guys, my wife and I have just got a block of land that was valued at $140k. It is a bank repossession which we got for less than $100k. When the time come to build on…

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PeniCain
Aug 13, 2018 9:24 pm
M575
M575
6 August

Load bearing wall removal / Owner Builder options

Load bearing wall removal / Owner Builder options

Correct, there are no drawings available. That’s one of the steps I need to do. I’ve reached out to some structural engineers and a builder to get an idea of things.

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M575
Aug 06, 2018 2:21 pm

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

FayeA Floor Plan & Elevations do help others, checkout 3D Warehouse for and model an initial design You would need to trim around the openings and give consideration to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 01, 2018 7:51 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Slab and formwork cost

Slab and formwork cost
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LOL Technology has come along way in 120 years, no more so than in [url=@Alex79 I think you will find the pricing more competitive If you group all materials and suppliers…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 31, 2018 9:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

Thanks algernon - the shadowline skirting is exactly what I'm after! The shadow gap is a nice addition. I was concerned about the butting up of gyprock and timber. This is…

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waxinggibbous
Jul 29, 2018 9:07 pm
waxinggibbous

Estimating your quantities? we can help =)

Estimating your quantities? we can help =)

Most Builders use BIM as a sales tool aka Design visualisation and to break down component costs but they will never share the breakdown cost with you as it's explicitly…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 28, 2018 8:51 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Owner builder, is it worth it?

Owner builder, is it worth it?

The idea of OB to save is appealing but given that you are a novice you are way behind the starting line. Don't count on friends and favours because it all has to be…

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building-expert
Jul 25, 2018 3:01 pm
building-expert
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 July

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Click on my name and you'll get a list of my posts. Read of few of those and you'll get a good idea of my background and intentions. Here's an extract from one of those…

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gommeqld
Jul 24, 2018 5:24 pm

Apologies for lack of updates - year to date: annus horribilis meet Misery Loves Company. (Though health is good - except for a raging toothache ATM on a halfway done root…

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waxinggibbous
Jul 22, 2018 11:23 am
waxinggibbous
raelph
raelph
15 July

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

thank you for your thoughts Rae

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raelph
Jul 15, 2018 7:12 pm

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Hi obAnge, Did you end up finding a builder and what area are you in?. We are just about to sign up to PAAL, we will do most of the work but looking at employing some…

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Sunshine841
Jul 05, 2018 11:19 pm
Barold
Barold
26 June

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Hi, I'm about to do a new roof, love the profile and colour you've chosen! Can I ask is it a Colorbond roofing sheet or some other make and can I also ask what colour you…

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Barold
Jun 26, 2018 6:53 pm

If you work in the construction and building industry, then you know that your equipment and…

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perfecthire
Jun 12, 2018 2:25 pm
perfecthire

Are you willing to go for soundproofing exterior walls construction click the link…

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Searching4 knowledge
Jun 10, 2018 8:43 am
Searching4 knowledge
NSU
NSU
7 June

Front door size

Front door size

Should explain a bit further. From the lentil to the top of the jamb 5mm gap For the side 10mm each side. Using 22mm door jamb. opening 2310 H 1095W H=2310-(22mm jamb)…

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NSU
Jun 07, 2018 8:36 pm
NSU
NSU
29 May

Sand and cement before waterproofing

Sand and cement before waterproofing

About to start on the bathroom floor. Thinking of doing sand and cement the floor before waterproofing. Does anyone see a problem with that approach? Thanks

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NSU
May 29, 2018 6:12 pm
grinder
grinder
25 May

Knauf gyprock

Knauf gyprock

knauf is fairly price competitive, and has access to quite a big supply of gypsum - which they make plasterboard.

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grinder
May 25, 2018 10:13 am
grinder

Roof truss and internal walls

Roof truss and internal walls

NSU Apart from the expense of Ceiling battens & Double sheeting 50mm will pronounce any movement->cracking at the wall ceiling joins?

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 22, 2018 9:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Owner builder process

Owner builder process

easiest path is for draftsman to take you to DA approval, and get you a construction certificate. here in sydney you can find some draftman who can do this for under 10k.

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 19, 2018 4:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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alexp79
May 17, 2018 12:33 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
14 May

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

Yes, I will use oversized timbers. Where a 150mm floor joist in MGP10 or 12 might be required I will go with 175mm or 200mm seasoned jarrah which would probably be graded…

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RuffTuff
May 14, 2018 10:24 pm
RuffTuff
manofaus
manofaus
13 May

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

No much bias there. I have found that the concreters that I have engaged to do set out of form are relatively good at what they do. I run around and check with a water…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 11:12 pm
manofaus
manofaus
manofaus
13 May

OB for load bearing wall removal

OB for load bearing wall removal

Not necessarily true with engineers and surveyors. Friend has take a volume builder to court over unsound foundation. Volume builder immediately deflected it to the…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 10:55 pm
manofaus

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

karen5784 Your Carpenter should have Worker comp Insurance Make sure you check their insurance details are current and whats included. Also Fence off access to the build…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 04, 2018 10:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Dims
Dims
3 May

Skillion Roof Insulation

Skillion Roof Insulation

Thanks for your input Building -expert and Dr Buildwell, I will contact Foilboard and discuss. Cheers Colin

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Dims
May 03, 2018 10:33 am
chann
chann
2 May

Ballpark costs for building

Ballpark costs for building

Look at "Rawlinsons-Construction Cost Guide" for the area you intend to build. There is a section for building cost per sq meter- that would be a rough guide. Do a…

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chann
May 02, 2018 11:30 am

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