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dandelero
dandelero
25 August 2016

Bitumen Driveway

Bitumen Driveway

Mate, go with their price of 2300 if you can't find a tradie out there. You may have better luck finding a concretor, if council will accept concrete.

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 8:50 am
qebtel
qebtel
16 August 2016

Cladding

Cladding

Bluescope Steel , Acacia Ridge used to be best prices in Brisbane.

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qebtel
Aug 16, 2016 8:47 pm
Poppadoms01235
Poppadoms01235
14 August 2016

Bright homes construction

Bright homes construction

Hi Kab11 and B_Cornelius7 Just wondering how the build went/ is still going? Just purchased land and we have gone through so many floor plans etc with different companies…

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Poppadoms01235
Aug 14, 2016 10:30 am
James Austin
James Austin
5 August 2016

Owner Builder insurance

Owner Builder insurance

I've been speaking with all risk, easy to deal with and the policy looks good, when compared to others i've been researching .....but you never really know until you make a claim

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James Austin
Aug 05, 2016 11:55 am
James Austin
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 August 2016

Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..

Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Good luck. An interesting scenario and a bit different from the " My bricks look like crap " threads we see on these forums. Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 02, 2016 9:45 am
OBExplorer
OBExplorer
2 August 2016

OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

Hi - I need some advice specifically in context of an extension, not complete new build. I see plenty of posts re: pros & cons of OB vs project builder for a new build but…

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OBExplorer
Aug 02, 2016 2:51 am
alaister
alaister
27 July 2016

More photos of our shipping container house

More photos of our shipping container house

Wow this is really creative! It's looking great. How many containers are you using?

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alaister
Jul 27, 2016 1:39 pm
alaister
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 July 2016

Load bearing beams

Load bearing beams

You can support a strut over a steel or timber beam or 3D truss though you will need to consider horizontal/axial loads, torsion, deflection in all axis's and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 26, 2016 8:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
8 July 2016

New Build - South Gippsland

New Build - South Gippsland

As well as insulating bedrooms for noise you could also use a noise absorbing plasterboard such as Gyprock Soundchek: …

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waxinggibbous
Jul 08, 2016 8:15 pm
waxinggibbous
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 July 2016

Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Also if anyone is aware of a forum for Sydney owners builders ? Need information like reliable insurance brokers, DA plans.. Depending…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 10:44 am
walks
walks
4 July 2016

Tips for drilling downlight holes

Tips for drilling downlight holes

Diggin up an old thread i came across. The best way is to measure them with a tape measure and write down on the house plans. I was a sparky 10 years ago and it perfectly…

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walks
Jul 05, 2016 12:49 am
wil10
wil10
4 July 2016

Brighton flooring Melbourne

Brighton flooring Melbourne

Hi All, Just want to put it out there that if you are considering Brighton Flooring in Melbourne for supply and install, look somewhere else.

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wil10
Jul 04, 2016 11:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
29 June 2016

Building a tiny house, need some help

Building a tiny house, need some help

Do you care to reference the relevant AS code sections and reduction factors?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 29, 2016 9:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 June 2016

Finished per sqm costs for OB

Finished per sqm costs for OB

Hello John, It sounds like you have a substantial Retaining Wall to complete. I thought I may mention our product that may be of interest. Please see Below.…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2016 2:03 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
19 June 2016

Cost estimate for electrical work

Cost estimate for electrical work

Thanks BooY. That's exactly what I'm after and a rough guess is good enough. Like I said, I don't expect people to spend their valuable time in reviewing lots of details…

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gommeqld
Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm
manofaus
manofaus
17 June 2016

2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW

2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW

you can't do that trick anymore. It comes down to the names on the deed. It does state if the permit relates to the same land..... you should be all good.

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manofaus
Jun 17, 2016 9:48 pm
manofaus
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
14 June 2016

Temporary Retaining Walls

Temporary Retaining Walls

If $500 per pile is a fair price then I assume $1,000 per pile is a little too steep? All things being equal I would say Yes Contact your state suppliers they…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 14, 2016 10:33 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Thanks for the reply bashworth. re C32.3, the all important words are "anything done or not done by the Owner"...... which is all inclusive including weather re C29, I…

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James Austin
Jun 12, 2016 9:59 am
James Austin

Water Tank got installed today, Should be getting water tomorrow or monday morning :)

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BooY
Jun 11, 2016 8:09 pm
BooY
manofaus
manofaus
10 June 2016

Guidance with schedule of work!

Guidance with schedule of work!

Most of the house: plumbing, electrical, airconditioning, vacuum rough in. insulation and linings. Again mark out fixtures and document. Paint out. Electrical fit out.…

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manofaus
Jun 10, 2016 6:53 pm
manofaus
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 June 2016

Building my first home using ICF System

Building my first home using ICF System

1- I have designed my house already by myself but I still need to find an architecture to modified it according to the council requirements. The…

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Stewie D
Jun 09, 2016 10:08 am
bpratt
bpratt
4 June 2016

OB in Logan, Qld. Question regarding Certification

OB in Logan, Qld. Question regarding Certification

I had a certifier from New Beith do mine, no problems at all.

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bpratt
Jun 04, 2016 6:38 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
4 June 2016

Dampcourse

Dampcourse

A 50m roll of damp proof membrane costs about $14 I would not like thin gauge steel in contact with damp concrete

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Beetaloo
Jun 04, 2016 12:29 pm
Beetaloo
kim2
kim2
29 May 2016

seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs

seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs

Hi, Seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs that you have used and would consider recommending. Required for a new build, build permit + the minimum 4…

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kim2
May 29, 2016 7:09 pm
mozda
mozda
28 May 2016

Plumbing Question

Plumbing Question

Maybe provide some dimensions so then we know if things will fit if configured differently

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mozda
May 28, 2016 10:46 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
25 May 2016

About to step off the edge......

About to step off the edge......
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Good on you Kris, I drove past your place yesterday (not on purpose) looked across and realised - That's were my Site Dunny came from! (I wonder where it is now? Still…

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docker_rob
May 25, 2016 4:56 pm
docker_rob
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 May 2016

900mm vs 600mm Eaves

900mm vs 600mm Eaves

@NW01. Some of my post went missing. When I said "You also increase the total height of the roof which may or may not be a problem depending on your roof slope." I had…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2016 3:37 pm
SileNceR
SileNceR
15 May 2016

Polished concrete with a volume builder

Polished concrete with a volume builder

All concrete has aggregate in it, that's just part of its make up - when people generally speak of adding aggregate it's adding something out of the ordinary for cosmetics…

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SileNceR
May 15, 2016 11:57 am
gommeqld
gommeqld
7 May 2016

Which building materials suppliers in Mackay QLD ?

Which building materials suppliers in Mackay QLD ?

I'm planning an owner build in Mackay QLD. Can anyone recommend building supplies companies in Mackay that are reliable and sensibly priced? Ideally I'd like to establish…

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gommeqld
May 07, 2016 2:37 pm
browne
browne
4 May 2016

Looking for supervisor for owner-builder project

Looking for supervisor for owner-builder project

Hi All, We have decided to go down the OB route for our renovation and extension - 1905 house front remaining with modern extension on a western suburbs block. We have a…

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browne
May 04, 2016 3:44 pm
browne
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Dani84
May 02, 2016 12:48 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
29 April 2016

Colourbond shed house - SEQLD

Colourbond shed house - SEQLD

Good luck with your plans, the long thin house design sounds like it will suit your long, thin block. I also did most of my pricing from the bunnings website, but am…

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Keffufal
Apr 29, 2016 9:07 pm
Keffufal
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 April 2016

Owner Builder in South Australia (South)

Owner Builder in South Australia (South)

When building "Boundary to Boundary" one will be faced with special challenges. Your personal negotiating skills will need to be very high as well as your knowledge of…

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Beetaloo
Apr 29, 2016 12:28 am
Beetaloo
Keffufal
Keffufal
28 April 2016

Owner Builder at Drake NSW

Owner Builder at Drake NSW
1, 2

Finally an update - we are slowly building our house, just up to the stage where we are putting the floor joists on. We didn't end up doing any prep work to the site…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 4:05 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
Keffufal
28 April 2016

My Owner Build

My Owner Build
1, 2

Love watching your progress, how long has it been since you started? Also I was wondering if you had previous experience with tiling etc. as I am thinking it looks a bit…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 2:30 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
Keffufal
27 April 2016

Grey Water

Grey Water

Yes my council was the same, with our greywater going from our caravan into a greasetrap and then into a gravel-filled trench.

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Keffufal
Apr 27, 2016 10:32 pm
Keffufal
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
25 April 2016

Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Have you considered something that is portable? Like a tiny home on skids or trailer?

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Bigblock7
Apr 25, 2016 7:57 pm
Bigblock7
Joker
Joker
20 April 2016

excavation and retaining wall approximate costs

excavation and retaining wall approximate costs

My retaining wall 22 metres across 2.1 metres high, then turns at both ends of block starting 2.1 metres high and ending one foot high 10 metres later for both sides of…

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Joker
Apr 20, 2016 11:43 pm
BooY
BooY
16 April 2016

How May lights ?

How May lights ?

How many is completely dependent on the area usage and type of lights you want to you. a standard bedroom for eg, could be 1x batten holder or 1x high output LED Downlgiht…

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BooY
Apr 16, 2016 6:49 pm
BooY
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
14 April 2016

External deck joist hanger nails

External deck joist hanger nails

Thanks Beetaloo - I've been trying to find Pryda fastening tables to no avail. Can you direct me?

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waxinggibbous
Apr 14, 2016 10:58 pm
waxinggibbous
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 April 2016

certifiers

certifiers

Some more info in the same vein... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 13, 2016 3:28 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
11 April 2016

pre fab truss and frame v chippy

pre fab truss and frame v chippy

I bought pack lots of H2 timber studs (each pack is roughly +200 off 6m H2 studs) and I cut each stud, wall plate & noggin to length on site. The supply cost for the…

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Beetaloo
Apr 11, 2016 9:12 pm
Beetaloo
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 April 2016

Which local Council is right?

Which local Council is right?

All that is Ok for small works where the difference in council fees for a job at $10,000 that someone basically works out at labour only and is only slightly smaller in…

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2016 10:57 am
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
29 March 2016

What I can and can't do legally as an OB

What I can and can't do legally as an OB

We are in Victoria and we could build our own retaining wall. We had plans and engineering done. It had to be inspected at certain stages, footings and completion from memory.

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HomeAngels
Mar 29, 2016 10:09 pm
HomeAngels
kim2
kim2
26 March 2016

structural engineering drawing interpreting

structural engineering drawing interpreting

I am looking for information on interpreting my engineers drawings ie the acronyms and terminology. I find draftsman concepts or WD's and engineers civils quite straight…

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kim2
Mar 26, 2016 10:10 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 March 2016

Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Some of the costs sure moa but for the rest you are wrong unless you are building from a cookie cutter design. Our council won't process a DA unless it is all to AHD and a…

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Stewie D
Mar 26, 2016 10:01 am
tezzab
tezzab
24 March 2016

Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Haha how funny! Rob & Mick have recently done some work in our outdoor area and are fantastic! Rob is a friend and they will hopefully be doing most of the chippy work but…

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tezzab
Mar 24, 2016 7:18 pm
tezzab
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 March 2016

How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

We looked at Zego as an alternative to Besser blocks for our lower storey after a client told me that they had considered it for their build. I still get emails from the…

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Stewie D
Mar 16, 2016 8:49 am

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