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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 10:22 am
NSU
NSU
6 h

Front door size

Front door size

Hello All, Just double checking before I purchase this door. Frame opening 2310 H, 1095 W. H=2310 -(22mm)-(3mm gap top)-(5mm gap bottom)-(10mm…

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NSU
May 21, 2018 8:51 pm
NSU
NSU
6 h

Roof truss and internal walls

Roof truss and internal walls

Gyprock will start next week. The gyprock sheets are 1350 Ground floor height 2750 and upstairs 2740 Will be using two sheets and will be 40 to 50mm short at the…

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NSU
May 21, 2018 8:44 pm

Well, we haven't been idle. Our site slopes by about five degrees. That works out to about 3.5m height difference between the south west corner and the north east corner.…

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RuffTuff
May 20, 2018 10:09 pm
RuffTuff

Owner builder process

Owner builder process

Start here Building Application Checklist

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 19, 2018 3:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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alexp79
May 17, 2018 11:33 am
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 9:24 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 10:12 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 9:55 pm
manofaus
twylamc
twylamc
6 May

OB in SA - The "Fun Stuff" Stage

OB in SA - The "Fun Stuff" Stage
1 ... 48, 49, 50

Hi! This was from Beacon Lighting and is called Ledlux Strix II I think.

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twylamc
May 06, 2018 10:42 pm
twylamc

Long time absent from the forum. The house build has hit a major hurdle in the form of two former Redland City Council Building Inspectors. One being the Private Building…

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judefer
May 06, 2018 1:38 pm

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 9:57 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 9:33 am
NSU
NSU
2 May

Knauf gyprock

Knauf gyprock

Hello All Just wondering if anyone has used Knauf gyprock. How is it compared to Boral or CSR? Have been told it is made in Australia but not sure.

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NSU
May 02, 2018 9:02 pm
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 10:30 am

Building designers

Building designers

edskii Great...Thanks for joining & I look fwd to your posts/contributions I use matrix solvers to start.. then make allowances for variables/alternatives "There's math &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 01, 2018 5:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:33 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

build with shipping containers if you want your house to look like a shipping container , if your'e just going to clad it all over then dont bother as you will be…

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:20 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
1, 2

all liability falls squarely on the builder , well at least here in vic anyway.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

do not do this you will get mould , in 18 years as a carpenter i have never seen this done , black poly and weather around timber equals mould mould mould

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:02 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

sounds like you're out of your league .. by the sounds of this post you might be better off hiring a builder

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:26 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

best advice . if you have to question it , then you don't know what your'e doing. get a professional. if your'e worried about the cost , then you can't afford it yet.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

insulation is one of the most important things in a home , its too often overlooked in australia and almost never installed properly. you should have an energy evaluation…

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:10 pm

Thanks for the reply mate. No it's all good, the posts are where they should be despite looking a bit strangely placed in pics. The ones you can see running down the side…

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chode1984
Apr 25, 2018 12:37 pm
chode1984

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
1, 2

Hi Henry, I just read back and see your in Bossley Park. Good luck!

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 23, 2018 8:48 am
Searching4 knowledge

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

1. Should read "Get sketch Data, Proofs & Costs" $50K for what ... imo You aren't even close.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 8:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
karen5784
karen5784
16 April

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

Thank you very much for your information. Cheers Karen

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karen5784
Apr 16, 2018 12:12 pm
Chops_47
Chops_47
2 April

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
1, 2, 3, 4

Firstly, thanks to the OP for this thread - has been most helpful to have a list of trades that have proven to deliver the goods! In regards to PM's we were looking at…

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Chops_47
Apr 02, 2018 8:15 pm
RjMaan
RjMaan
22 March

Ebay Stores

Ebay Stores

Still i have no experience of online shopping. I prefer to shop offline.

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RjMaan
Mar 21, 2018 11:47 pm
powerd
powerd
5 March

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie
1, 2

Hi All I have achieved another early milestone. . I have a NSW Owner Builder's permit. I am excited too Woohoo!!! Also, I sent out my first RFQ on the weekend, and…

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powerd
Mar 05, 2018 8:44 pm

6 star energy repor - VIC

6 star energy repor - VIC

karen5784 There are minimum requirements that will give you the required rating (deemed to comply) ..see if you can save yourself some money, your designer should have an…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 01, 2018 10:20 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 February

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Hi Karen5784 You will need to check with your Local Council first generally you will require Plannings and Building Applications and documentation Designers generally deal…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 27, 2018 1:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
obAnge
obAnge
25 February

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Has anyone had a builder build their PAAL home they have been happy with and can recommend? Have gone owner builder but would really like someone we have onboard to…

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obAnge
Feb 25, 2018 10:08 pm
alexp79
alexp79
24 February

Concreter in Sydney area

Concreter in Sydney area

Hi Everyone, Can someone recommend a concreter in Sydney, who will be able to quote and perform the following jobs around mid-April or May: - prepare formwork and…

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alexp79
Feb 24, 2018 12:10 pm
KateG
KateG
18 February

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Hey, who is happy with his owner builder insurance? I'm going to start my build very soon and to get a recommendation would help me a great deal. Thanks in advance!…

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KateG
Feb 18, 2018 8:09 pm
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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 12:21 pm
qebtel
qebtel
11 February

garage house

garage house

First, take a look at the photo. Its rural. Most councils will approve shed homes for rural, but not urban. The reasons they occur in rural is…

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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 12:19 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
7 February

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
1 ... 12, 13, 14

Looking good. Nice views from your roof

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Beetaloo
Feb 07, 2018 9:50 am
Beetaloo
Pummers
Pummers
4 February

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

My wife spotted a few Harkaway Homes pictures online when we were on the lookout for a style to build our new home in... The untimely death of a friend led us to visit…

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Pummers
Feb 04, 2018 10:22 pm

Garage Beam Brickworks

Garage Beam Brickworks

NSU Your engineer will advise you of the options for non-Standard beams ie Section, materials, loads , Span, deflections.etc,etc. It's also hard to comment without seeing …

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2018 7:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
lackey
lackey
3 February

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

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

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lackey
Feb 03, 2018 7:33 pm
algernon
algernon
3 February

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Possibly - I'm not actually sure on that point in our case, but it could be a factor in some situations.

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algernon
Feb 03, 2018 7:10 pm
PJT318
PJT318
2 February

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

Hi All, we have a home in Weston in the Lower Hunter NSW, we have a large garage on a slab we would like to convert to a GF. We are looking for an engineer to check and…

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PJT318
Feb 02, 2018 3:07 pm
PJT318
chode1984
chode1984
17 January

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Depends what you're looking for. If you're after a box ticking exercise go with someone like Absolute Education. I used them a little while back. I didn't learn much but…

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chode1984
Jan 17, 2018 9:32 pm
chode1984

extending our 1930s something.

extending our 1930s something.

Hi BenWD Welcome to the forum Subiaco is a lovely location in perth, I hope the roof extension blends in with the original 1930's design? Not sure what your budget is,…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 06, 2018 9:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Look for bigger savings steelwork is a small component in reinforcement concrete (See pie graph above)

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 05, 2018 8:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
fixedprice
fixedprice
3 January

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Always makes me happy when I see people helping out with this issue. Keep up the good work!

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fixedprice
Jan 03, 2018 10:46 am


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