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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

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 1:10 pm
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AKB
Feb 23, 2018 6:14 pm
AKB
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 9:09 pm

The finished job. Built using stone from the property, our own mudbricks, mud plaster inside and coolroom panels for the roof/ceiling. It's at least 38 outside…

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RuffTuff
Feb 12, 2018 4:35 pm
RuffTuff
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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 1:21 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 1:19 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
7 February

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Looking good. Nice views from your roof

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Beetaloo
Feb 07, 2018 10:50 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 11:22 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 8:02 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 8:33 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 8:10 pm
alexp79
alexp79
3 February

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

The bottom line, If moving from R2.0 to R2.5 in wall insulation batts will allow you to install let's say normal 14kW aircon instead of 3 phase 18kW, it is a no-brainer…

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alexp79
Feb 03, 2018 5:49 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 4:07 pm
PJT318
thinkpanther
thinkpanther
26 January

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
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Does anyone have recommendations on PM's? I am interested in exploring the owner-builder option but need a good PM to do a lot of the heavy lifting...

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thinkpanther
Jan 26, 2018 11:54 pm
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 10:32 pm
chode1984

And our yellow kettle. I love it! A pop of colour in our kitchen.

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twylamc
Jan 15, 2018 6:01 am
twylamc
qebtel
qebtel
7 January

Ebay Stores

Ebay Stores

Lol you people talk as though only high end stuff comes non Asian countries. Dont forget Taiwanese was once considered rubbish, they now have a higher standard of living…

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qebtel
Jan 07, 2018 5:05 pm

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 10:27 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 9:35 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 11:46 am
JB1
JB1
24 December 2017

Unlicenced plumbers.

Unlicenced plumbers.

It's in the owner building section so no builder. Ask the plumber to provide a solution. Let's hope you haven't paid much of the bill. I'd also be calling the…

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JB1
Dec 24, 2017 2:44 pm
OB Melb 1
OB Melb 1
8 December 2017

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

I'm owner building an extension in Melbourne. Need to build a slab for my extension. Can anyone suggest a concrete contractor with a VBA registration? PM me if that…

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OB Melb 1
Dec 08, 2017 10:54 am
manofaus
manofaus
8 December 2017

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

I too would like to know how you get costings from BIM software? How do you get the hourly rate and productiveness from it for people in the area that you live?

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manofaus
Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am
manofaus
alexp79
alexp79
29 November 2017

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Aren't you supposed to attach OSB to the steel frame first and then attach underlay and tiles to the top? Steel's thermal expansion coefficient is around 2.5 higher than wood/pine.

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alexp79
Nov 29, 2017 12:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 November 2017

Owner Builder questions

Owner Builder questions

alexp79 this might sound funny but "it is recommended you know more about your project than the people your hire" so it is advisable that you take steps to prepare…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 25, 2017 10:01 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Rutland
Rutland
21 November 2017

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Thanks for the suggestion. Terracotta tiles seem to be a great choice.

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Rutland
Nov 21, 2017 4:13 am
soot
soot
20 November 2017

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Hi StructuralBIMguy, I am gonna do an alteration which includes internal wall removal, partial demolition and extension. So I thought that is quite not a simple…

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soot
Nov 20, 2017 10:46 pm
soot
Obi
Obi
15 November 2017

Anticon for our colorbond roof?

Anticon for our colorbond roof?
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Thank you. We’re currently nearing lock up stage in our new build. Is this something i should do after or should i expect this from builder?

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Obi
Nov 15, 2017 5:10 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
10 November 2017

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

Treated particle board flooring can withstand limited exposure to the weather. Refer to manufacturers tech data sheets. It is typically 4-6 weeks not months/years. If…

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Beetaloo
Nov 10, 2017 6:10 pm
Beetaloo
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
31 October 2017

Advice for a steel frame construction [pole house on slope]

Advice for a steel frame construction [pole house on slope]

Pretty sure I have the contact for a Chinese fabricator that one of my clients ordered Steel fabricated windows, frames and doors, just p.m me and i'll give you the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 31, 2017 10:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
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"""Saying that with the specs you stated, I can't see from those pics how that slab couldn't do the job you want it to do, there'd be heaps of houses sitting on a worse…

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 9:26 pm
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Reading the plans - cement render?

Reading the plans - cement render?

On this plan in North elevation, it's in a note with an arrow point to where it should be on the pier.

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 6:03 am
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Slab height and tiling

Slab height and tiling

I'd only do such a thing if I couldn't get the legal room height, I presume by the way you asked the walls are already up as in it's a double brick house?

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 5:47 am
Pummers_D38
Pummers_D38
28 October 2017

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

I'm also going to be doing a OB in Riverstone. I have plans before BCC and I'm currently work throught the Engineers objections.

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Pummers_D38
Oct 28, 2017 9:08 pm
manofaus
manofaus
28 October 2017

Installing cedar ceiling lining on steel frame

Installing cedar ceiling lining on steel frame

make sure all the roofing is covered with some sort of barrier to prevent condensation dripping onto the cedar. Its always better to coat the side that goes towards the…

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manofaus
Oct 28, 2017 8:05 pm
manofaus
Allrisk
Allrisk
26 October 2017

Owner Builder Course in VIC

Owner Builder Course in VIC

Hi. In most States an owner-builder licence can only be issued for you to build your primary residence, not a holiday home. Have you checked that aspect already?

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Allrisk
Oct 26, 2017 12:46 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
26 October 2017

Minimalist Owner Build in Hobart - temp power supply decisio

Minimalist Owner Build in Hobart - temp power supply decisio

thanks Beetaloo. I'll be doing a similar project soon, so your advice helps me too.

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Allrisk
Oct 26, 2017 12:43 pm
Allrisk
JB1
JB1
15 October 2017

Melbourne- recommend me a stair case builder

Melbourne- recommend me a stair case builder

The stair case builder I used previously is retiring and won't take on any new jobs. Can someone recommend a reasonably priced stair case builder in Melbourne? I've…

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JB1
Oct 15, 2017 11:33 pm
NSU
NSU
9 October 2017

Infill slab and Bal 29

Infill slab and Bal 29

Thanks for all the replies. Planning to use 20mm gravel as gravel is small in size and it naturally…

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NSU
Oct 09, 2017 8:49 pm
michae
michae
9 October 2017

Building warranty insurance

Building warranty insurance

Well, If the builder is not in administration, seek legal…

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michae
Oct 09, 2017 8:27 pm
michae

The more information you put up the more precise the reply/answer , egs. use Photos, sketches and data (l/m , m2, m3,etc) This information is also used in rule-of-thumb…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 09, 2017 11:05 am
StructuralBIMGuy
NSU
NSU
30 September 2017

Roof Tiler Sydney

Roof Tiler Sydney

Hi All, Can anyone suggest a roof tiler to install on a new house. Thanks

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NSU
Sep 30, 2017 9:32 pm

We are selling Gate and Fencing Hardware/Parts. Our website www.togerlink.com.au About us: We can ship all the product australia wide, just visit our website

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zjackie
Sep 27, 2017 1:42 pm
Buildingourfirstnest
Buildingourfirstnest
23 September 2017

OB Project - "New vs Old" - Nedlands, WA

OB Project - "New vs Old" - Nedlands, WA
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Love the landscaping you have been doing! More pics please :))

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Buildingourfirstnest
Sep 23, 2017 1:21 pm
algernon
algernon
19 September 2017

Hebal flooring

Hebal flooring

Yeah, we're building a passive solar house, and are using the PowerFloor for those reasons (acoustic and rigidity), not for thermal mass (for that, we're increasing the…

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algernon
Sep 19, 2017 10:31 am


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