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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

Spamming cos I ❤️ our pendant light. Even more beautiful in person. So simple and clean. The black ties in with our black accents in the kitchen and…

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twylamc
Nov 17, 2017 9:56 pm
twylamc
Obi
Obi
15 November

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
Allrisk
Allrisk
15 November

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Hi Soot, I believe it depends on at what stage the subdivision is done. Usually the subdivision is left until the very end (after all the work is done), and in this case…

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Allrisk
Nov 15, 2017 2:09 pm
Allrisk
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
10 November

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
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twylamc
Nov 04, 2017 9:24 pm
twylamc

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

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

KateG you are welcome..BTW if onsite material handling is going to be a problem then you might consider asking your Engineer about floor span truss design The…

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

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

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

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

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

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
JB1
JB1
27 October

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Whatever you get, get Terracotta tiles. You'll thank me in 15 years.

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JB1
Oct 27, 2017 11:31 am
Challenged
Challenged
26 October

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Hi , I just found this forum and your blog. What a great build, great ideas and workmanship on your build. Look forward to following…

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Challenged
Oct 26, 2017 8:02 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
26 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Joker
Joker
22 September

Owner Building - What's a reasonable cost for the slab?

Owner Building - What's a reasonable cost for the slab?

Do the maths, if you pay 10% for a project manager, you would save at least that on all quotes, maybe more if paying with the folded stuff, examples are, quotes for earth…

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Joker
Sep 22, 2017 9:52 am
algernon
algernon
19 September

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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sparky_JsP
Sep 14, 2017 11:13 pm
sparky_JsP
freckles5
freckles5
14 September

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Hi I know it has been a few months since your original post but just wondering if you had any luck with a recommendation or finding a bricklayer to…

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freckles5
Sep 14, 2017 9:09 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 September

How much it cost for 60m2 concrete granny flat slab

How much it cost for 60m2 concrete granny flat slab

ramy12 welcome to the forum Soil type, Build materials, specs, concrete pump? More info required.. but it's pretty easy to work out a fair price. Based on 14m3 $5-6K goodluck

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 07, 2017 12:10 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
JB1
JB1
4 September

insulating slab

insulating slab

My energy rater recommended under slab insulation. From my research it can help. However if you're in NSW, perhaps the insulation requirements are different in your part…

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JB1
Sep 04, 2017 1:33 pm

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Yeah it cost heaps to do it and there were lots of problems. Some people however are happy to spend it. Others not so much

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sweetswisssteel
Aug 28, 2017 10:04 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 August

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Nope, cannot agree there. Finding an honest, reliable and sensibly priced tradie in Perth is a nightmare. Always has been. It's no different anywhere else in Australia. I…

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gommeqld
Aug 24, 2017 1:02 pm
dexx
dexx
18 August

collar ties?

collar ties?

I'm considering replacing three 120x35 pine collar ties with 10mm steel rope. It will give me better clearance for the storage space i'm setting up.

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dexx
Aug 18, 2017 2:31 pm
Emsy1981
Emsy1981
17 August

Owner builder in different state?

Owner builder in different state?

Thanks for that. Would it be better to use the same insurer or different?

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Emsy1981
Aug 17, 2017 7:21 pm
snowing
snowing
15 August

Program/app for designing home

Program/app for designing home

Home Designer by Chief Architect is a good choice which will cost quite a bit but worth it. You can import CAD drawings as reference to draw up your slope. If you go this…

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snowing
Aug 15, 2017 1:36 pm
Joker
Joker
14 August

Time wasting trades

Time wasting trades

I agree that paying busy trades per hour works, they have nothing to gain when their booked for months and months , in fact in these situations they want to work…

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Joker
Aug 14, 2017 2:04 pm

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

jacky10 You're welcome Remember the more accurate info you can provide the better the informed decision making for everyone. cheers

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 13, 2017 9:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Datthor
Aug 10, 2017 4:08 pm
Jacky10
Jacky10
8 August

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Hi Sunil Just checking how are you going with your project ? I am commencing in Riverstone area. Cheers

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Jacky10
Aug 08, 2017 6:31 am
Allrisk
Allrisk
31 July

Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

I get a lot of owner-builders reporting that their project took longer than expected because the contractors were'nt available when needed, adding delays where no work was…

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Allrisk
Jul 31, 2017 4:10 pm
Allrisk
manofaus
manofaus
23 July

Difference between M and H slab

Difference between M and H slab

spot on Bevan, but it will have the information that the OP was asking for in this thread.

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manofaus
Jul 23, 2017 2:27 pm
manofaus
qebtel
qebtel
18 July

build new house then demolish old =2 permits

build new house then demolish old =2 permits

You need a permit to demolish the existing,, and a building application approved to build a new house.

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qebtel
Jul 18, 2017 11:54 pm
bashworth
bashworth
18 July

Choice of gyprock/pasterboard?

Choice of gyprock/pasterboard?

Yes there are several types of plasterboard. Here are some alternatives for reducing sound transmission For more info check this product range link …

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bashworth
Jul 18, 2017 9:08 pm
bashworth
NSU
NSU
16 July

Timber Frame Installer

Timber Frame Installer

After someone that can install prefab timber frame on the South Coast, NSW. Thanks

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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 9:06 pm
NSU
NSU
16 July

Price for slab NSW

Price for slab NSW

Interested in finding out what's the average price for a slab infill and suspended. Thanks

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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 9:03 pm
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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 9:00 pm
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Haji
Jul 07, 2017 10:13 am
AKB
AKB
3 July

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*
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Looks brilliant - I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it :-)

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AKB
Jul 03, 2017 4:40 pm
AKB
snowing
snowing
28 June

Owner builder permit description query

Owner builder permit description query

Have a chat with your council would be a good idea. They can provide you with information if any specific description is needed.

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snowing
Jun 28, 2017 11:51 pm


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