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MissMB
MissMB
4 February 2010

ground water contamination in camden green, cranbourne north

ground water contamination in camden green, cranbourne north

Hi there, I am looking at purchasing a house in Camden Green in Cranbourne North. The EPA have today provided me with copies of 5 audit reports which indicate that the…

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MissMB
Feb 04, 2010 7:48 pm
Map
Map
4 February 2010

owner build v project home

owner build v project home

Hello Brett J, I have been contemplating using Ubuild for some time now and would appreciate some feedback on the services he provides. The website…

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Map
Feb 04, 2010 8:04 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
9 February 2010

New OB - Raked Ceilings & Clerestory Windows

New OB - Raked Ceilings & Clerestory Windows

FYI... the date stuff up on the forum, caused my reply to precede the original post... Ed

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ECOECO
Feb 09, 2010 7:52 am
ECOECO
MR DOGP
MR DOGP
9 February 2010

Need a register supervisor - residential building work (SA)

Need a register supervisor - residential building work (SA)

Hi, gettingThere Yes, I don't want to be just OB, if the first house works well for me, I might build another one and get into this industrial. See what…

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MR DOGP
Feb 09, 2010 12:19 pm
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Bam
Feb 11, 2010 10:19 am
Bam
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
11 February 2010

Labour for labour in Bayside, Melbourne

Labour for labour in Bayside, Melbourne

A good idea. Perhaps a new thread for each state. Tradies could also help other tradies - ie a carpenter and a gyprocker or bricky, both get the help they need and save costs.

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Hills Guy
Feb 11, 2010 4:46 pm
Pugs
Pugs
11 February 2010

VICTORIA - What I can do myself vs a qualified tradesman

VICTORIA - What I can do myself vs a qualified tradesman

OK, we are close to finalising our concept plan, and will be passing it to our draftsman in the next few weeks. We have decided to go "owner…

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Pugs
Feb 11, 2010 10:18 pm
Pugs
Zoran
Zoran
13 February 2010

Acheiving 60/60/60 frl on a small wall on property boundary

Acheiving 60/60/60 frl on a small wall on property boundary

Hi all, Can anyone help with some advice. I have built a car port, free standing (as requested by council given it is on the easement) but right up against the brand new…

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Zoran
Feb 13, 2010 2:26 pm
Striking
Striking
15 February 2010

AHH! Freakin' Out!

AHH! Freakin' Out!

Congrats on getting starting :) The windows sound like they have been quoted their standard sizes. Just be sure to check your opening sizes on your frame to make sure they…

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Striking
Feb 15, 2010 7:39 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
15 February 2010

A gap between the wall frame and concrete...

A gap between the wall frame and concrete...

Don’t worry about it, and don't add any concrete (they won’t appreciate it) The area has yet to be screeded (falls put in so water runs to…

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gettingThere
Feb 15, 2010 12:07 pm
kristofw
kristofw
16 February 2010

Roofer Recommendation, WA

Roofer Recommendation, WA

If I gave vent to my real opinion, it'd be highly actionable ;) (and probably purged…

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kristofw
Feb 16, 2010 7:23 pm
kristofw
janenstef
janenstef
17 February 2010

Steel second storey in WA

Steel second storey in WA

Hi, we have just joined the forum, so hoping for lots of great advise and maybe we can give some back in return as we progress with our first OB project we are putting on…

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janenstef
Feb 17, 2010 3:58 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
19 February 2010

Recommendation for Concrete Contractor (Raft Foundation) SA

Recommendation for Concrete Contractor (Raft Foundation) SA

We got a quote from Theo Angelis but found him to be extremelly expensive. 20% more expensive with a lot of exclusions (eg, site scrape, spoil removal etc was all at…

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gettingThere
Feb 19, 2010 10:08 am
KatherineHogarty
KatherineHogarty
21 February 2010

Insurance for Owner Builder

Insurance for Owner Builder

We also used FD Beck last year based off the information within this forum and found them very good. Their service was prompt and the price was the best.

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KatherineHogarty
Feb 21, 2010 6:21 am
perksyaus
perksyaus
24 February 2010

How can you save money on electrical & plumbing costs?

How can you save money on electrical & plumbing costs?

because we are having steel bearers / joists and strawbale walls there's a lot of conduit thats going to be needed - one sparky we are gettinga quote off suggested we do…

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perksyaus
Feb 24, 2010 12:42 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
25 February 2010

Installing Wall Wrap on a steel frame

Installing Wall Wrap on a steel frame

We ended up using JUST the foil tape (Air Cell brand). Also bought class 3/galvanised hex tek screws and rubber washers, but it wasnt really working out so we left it out.…

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gettingThere
Feb 25, 2010 7:37 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
25 February 2010

OB for a reno addition

OB for a reno addition

Thanks for the response T&K I'd just started a new thread about costs before reading your response. Well your costs seem a lot lower than the $3400/sqm for the indoor…

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mrssnowden
Feb 25, 2010 7:45 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
27 February 2010

ASK Kit Homes

ASK Kit Homes

ASK didn't really follow up for me and so I decided on country kit homes. They're brilliant and even have builders so can help you from the design and planning right…

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mrssnowden
Feb 27, 2010 6:41 pm
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Bam
Mar 02, 2010 6:30 pm
Bam
borg
borg
3 March 2010

Cheapest place to get Galvanised Lintels from?

Cheapest place to get Galvanised Lintels from?

hmmm lintels 1-2 thick is definatley an issue, and not not fit for placing bricks above. Engineers arent going to design the lintels for your house because every house…

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borg
Mar 03, 2010 1:08 pm
borg
JohnR
JohnR
3 March 2010

Taking the plunge!

Taking the plunge!

Thanks for all the good wishes! :D We have decided on the home and are in the final stages of designing internal layout, etc. Our starting point was this:

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JohnR
Mar 03, 2010 1:50 pm
Bam
Bam
4 March 2010

Deep Floor Joists

Deep Floor Joists

400 and something mm according to our drawings :? But after speaking to a excavation company, we're lucky as we need to work off next doors garage or something and he said…

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Bam
Mar 04, 2010 8:11 am
Bam
Ross
Ross
4 March 2010

Electrical Costs ?

Electrical Costs ?

You can save on electrical costs if you have an understanding sparky by doing such things as nailing the wall brackets for switches and GPO's. Of course digging the…

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Ross
Mar 04, 2010 11:51 am
Ross
Ross
4 March 2010

Hourly rates

Hourly rates

No idea with the gyprock, have not gotten that far, apparently there is not alot of mark up on it(as all suppliers say!) Just assuming best mates dad will source it for me at cost!

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Ross
Mar 04, 2010 8:08 pm
Cooped07
Cooped07
5 March 2010

Checklist for quotes, not to miss anything!

Checklist for quotes, not to miss anything!

Wow, have I really signed myself up to do ALL of those things? This has been helpful for me and I am sure it will be for many other people too. Great Thread!!

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Cooped07
Mar 05, 2010 11:51 am
Cooped07
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Bam
Mar 09, 2010 7:24 pm
Bam
Bagheera
Bagheera
10 March 2010

Floorplan, plumbing & electrical.

Floorplan, plumbing & electrical.

switchboard location ( if located SEPERATELY from the meterbox ) huge price difference Hi cenemelectrical We are thinking to…

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Bagheera
Mar 10, 2010 1:03 pm
chippy
chippy
14 March 2010

Advice needed about R-code for storage area

Advice needed about R-code for storage area

In WA our planning commission dictates that strata developments have a storage area of 4m2 that can be accessed from either outside or incorporated into the garage. This…

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chippy
Mar 13, 2010 11:21 pm
chippy
BecH
BecH
16 March 2010

Whoa - food for thought

Whoa - food for thought

I'm not sure about windows but I buy all sorts of bits and pieces from all over the world (including cars) so I'm never really scared to import. I…

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BecH
Mar 16, 2010 9:39 am
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
17 March 2010

recycled floorboards

recycled floorboards

Just a thought you may be able to do it on the cheap if you buy a quality second hand unit (trade spec, not home workshop spec) and then sell it on afterwards. (you should…

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Hills Guy
Mar 17, 2010 8:01 am
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
17 March 2010

Waterproofing timber floor under sliding door

Waterproofing timber floor under sliding door

I would discribe villaboard as more water to tollerant than aquacheck, but neither as waterproof. Given a choice, use Villaboard, but you should still line the surface…

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Hills Guy
Mar 17, 2010 2:14 pm
SimonT
SimonT
19 March 2010

How much do you save

How much do you save

Hi SerialStyler, If your having trouble finding a plumber, i can see if mine is interested. He is a mate i grew up with, and does a great job. Our plumbing inspection…

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SimonT
Mar 19, 2010 11:38 am
Draconis
Draconis
20 March 2010

House Numbers

House Numbers

ok so can you explain why they decided to throw letters in to confuse everyone or is it just something that Toowoomba decided to do too make themselves feel different?

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Draconis
Mar 20, 2010 8:35 pm
Draconis
windowexpert
windowexpert
21 March 2010

Timbercrete in Canberra Region

Timbercrete in Canberra Region

Hi I'm a newbie here. We are wanting to build this year, and have been looking at the options. We went down to Nowra yesterday to check out the…

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windowexpert
Mar 21, 2010 5:42 am
Notsubtle
Notsubtle
21 March 2010

Extension draftsman fees - fair assessment?

Extension draftsman fees - fair assessment?

Thanks bingoshelley....that is sounding more like I hoped..we're Ballarat...so see how we go with this drafty first !! Thank-you :)

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Notsubtle
Mar 21, 2010 10:42 am
perksyaus
perksyaus
22 March 2010

Building a Straw Bale up in QLD

Building a Straw Bale up in QLD

Hi Greenie We had estimated around $250,000 based on $1200 Per SQM. But we are on an E site and the footing cost has blown out :( We are trying to pull back some of…

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perksyaus
Mar 22, 2010 4:01 pm
arms
arms
24 March 2010

quicka flooring

quicka flooring

any one used this system of flooring in their house project ,i am trying to compare it with the concrete peir and adjustable head type of sub floor ,any advice appreciated

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arms
Mar 24, 2010 8:53 am
arms
kayandandy
kayandandy
25 March 2010

Epoxy Resin floor

Epoxy Resin floor

I have seen this in a magazine and Ihave to say it looks awesome. I know it is normally used commercially but it certianly has the WOW factor and from what I have read is…

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kayandandy
Mar 24, 2010 11:32 pm
borg
borg
27 March 2010

Installing plasterboard and flushing - going hourly rate?

Installing plasterboard and flushing - going hourly rate?
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hi, sorry i had to change my username as i didn't read the T&C's properly.. oops Borg - that was just a rough estimate without knowing the…

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borg
Mar 27, 2010 7:32 pm
borg
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shaine
Apr 02, 2010 10:24 am
Rod1949
Rod1949
6 April 2010

External Foam Cladding - Ceilite Insulation

External Foam Cladding - Ceilite Insulation

I used Rmax's exinflex (meshed on one side) for two reasons - 1 - being they have a factory here in Perth to deal with (but the sheets came from the east) and 2 - the mesh…

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Rod1949
Apr 06, 2010 2:58 pm
Bam
Bam
6 April 2010

Bout time i post in here.

Bout time i post in here.
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Its looking great Simon! And you both look so happy :)

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Bam
Apr 06, 2010 8:04 pm
Bam
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 April 2010

AS standards and windows

AS standards and windows

What I find so frustrating is that whilst I appreciate these standards are there to protect consumers Australia HAS to stop playing so…

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ECOECO
Apr 08, 2010 12:51 pm
ECOECO
theyetti
theyetti
9 April 2010

Adelaide O/B Construction Inspector Recommendations

Adelaide O/B Construction Inspector Recommendations

Single story steel is what I am licenced for, need to get around to upgrading it (one day) I got my licence specifically for my own OB, but am…

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theyetti
Apr 09, 2010 12:17 am
kid81
kid81
9 April 2010

How many nails?

How many nails?

In a pre fab house a chippy would use under 1000. In a conventionally framed house however, different story. work on an average of 9 per lineal meter of wall. Size of the…

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kid81
Apr 09, 2010 9:56 am
Lol
Lol
9 April 2010

Liability Insurancs

Liability Insurancs

Thanks Guys Has anyone actually had to claim from FD Beck & Sons or anyone else though? Talk to me PLEASE I have to decide this week Lol

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Lol
Apr 09, 2010 4:57 pm
kayandandy
kayandandy
16 April 2010

Underway

Underway

I am rather excited about it! Meeting the concreter tomorrow! Got a lead on a bricklaying team! I hope this is true about these school projects. I have been told that…

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kayandandy
Apr 16, 2010 12:09 am
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Bam
Apr 17, 2010 10:56 pm
Bam


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