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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 8:37 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 8:45 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 7:41 pm
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Bam
Mar 02, 2010 7:30 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 2:08 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 2:50 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 9:11 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 12:51 pm
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 9:08 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 12:51 pm
Cooped07
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Bam
Mar 09, 2010 8:24 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 2:03 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 14, 2010 12:21 am
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 10:39 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 9:01 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 3:14 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 12:38 pm
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 9:35 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 6:42 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 11:42 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 5:01 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 9:53 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 25, 2010 12:32 am
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 8:32 pm
borg
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shaine
Apr 02, 2010 11:24 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 3:58 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 9:04 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 1:51 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 1:17 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 10:56 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 5:57 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 1:09 am
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Bam
Apr 17, 2010 11:56 pm
Bam
theoneandonly?
theoneandonly?
20 April 2010

Do you get discounts for cash anymore??

Do you get discounts for cash anymore??

unless you actually know the tradie or its a good mate of someone you know and have seen their work, know their skills, and generally know them to be honest...i wouldnt…

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theoneandonly?
Apr 20, 2010 12:47 pm
GavScott
GavScott
20 April 2010

SA - Domestic Building Work Contract

SA - Domestic Building Work Contract

Hi Folks, Just wondering what OBs in SA are using for Domestic Building Work Contract? I know they're needed for contracts over $12K, Form 1 (available from Service SA)…

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GavScott
Apr 21, 2010 12:01 am
Bam
Bam
21 April 2010

How much is colourbond roofing?

How much is colourbond roofing?

Someone deleted it, but left it quoted in your post so Im going to edit it out :P

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Bam
Apr 21, 2010 11:51 pm
Bam
builda
builda
24 April 2010

Who can run our owner builder project?

Who can run our owner builder project?

Many states are the same and definitely in Victoria a 'Project Manager' for a Domestic Building project MUST be a registered builder to give you all the protection that…

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builda
Apr 24, 2010 1:11 am
builda
builda
builda
24 April 2010

Amount of Roofing Required?

Amount of Roofing Required?

It does seem a bit high but if the roof pitch is steep then you will need more roof area to cover the floor area. Also, are there verandas and large eaves that also need…

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builda
Apr 24, 2010 10:22 am
builda
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royalblue
Apr 24, 2010 11:16 pm
TDS
TDS
26 April 2010

Excavator company rec? Melbourne

Excavator company rec? Melbourne

Sounds like you are sorted Bam with TDS, good to see someone in the know who knows what the best prices are. Since you are in the game TDS do you…

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TDS
Apr 26, 2010 1:32 am
leebuild
leebuild
12 July 2010

Commodore homes just signed up for the Bathurst

Commodore homes just signed up for the Bathurst
WA

hi there are a few of us on this thread we ambushed matt s site we have all had many delays as long as you know paperwork will be at least 6 to 7 months. This delay could…

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leebuild
Jul 12, 2010 11:14 pm
issy jo
issy jo
28 April 2010

Owner Builder and steps checklist

Owner Builder and steps checklist

Hi, maybe you should try the "owner builder forum". You would get better expertise advice in this area from that forum.

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issy jo
Apr 28, 2010 11:33 pm
issy jo
kimfyfe
kimfyfe
29 April 2010

Attic and roof design

Attic and roof design

thanks Nomad, very helpful. The roof is not even started yet so i think getting it trussed will be the better idea

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kimfyfe
Apr 29, 2010 7:51 pm
andrewc
andrewc
1 May 2010

Anyone get an exemption for the BCA Req' RainW Tank / Solar?

Anyone get an exemption for the BCA Req' RainW Tank / Solar?

Both wwater and electricity remain too cheap in Victoria to make it economically viable for either system. You will just need to wait until the…

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andrewc
May 01, 2010 9:56 am
saemiseon
saemiseon
3 May 2010

Subdividing, renovation and new home

Subdividing, renovation and new home

I know it doesn't mention on the website..just need to call up council and double check. We double-checked already and it's confirmed 100% it's a shame but yes. You might…

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saemiseon
May 03, 2010 2:52 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
3 May 2010

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

To post the plans join a site such as photobucket.com and then copy the img code into your post.

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Deemaree
May 03, 2010 9:42 pm
Deemaree
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
6 May 2010

Can anyone help please?

Can anyone help please?

I have used art haus world (both as a web service and visiting when I go to Melbourne.) They sometimes have great specials, and a big range of…

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Hills Guy
May 06, 2010 11:52 pm
Lex
Lex
7 May 2010

Your slab, what to look out for?

Your slab, what to look out for?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Just wanted to share this. There was some discussion in another thread about reo and mesh touching the waffle pods, the plastic, or even the external formwork. Of course,…

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Lex
May 07, 2010 1:55 am
Lex


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