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dirkadirk
Jan 16, 2010 6:03 pm
Dylan
Dylan
17 January 2010

Ceilling battens - a rough guide?

Ceilling battens - a rough guide?

Yeah i meant with gyprock, didnt realise it went straight over frames. Thanks

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Dylan
Jan 17, 2010 3:54 pm
sanda
sanda
18 January 2010

Owner Builder for Pool - Would you/have you/would you again?

Owner Builder for Pool - Would you/have you/would you again?

Thanks everyone, ours has to be concrete due to a few reasons but we are really leaning to OB as our quotes have been $80-100k and various people have told us it should…

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sanda
Jan 18, 2010 5:47 am
borg
borg
21 January 2010

OB in perth, need help please

OB in perth, need help please

Mike occupancy is issued by whoever issues you your building permit. Re getting wholesale price etc the sky the limit and the prices you get will be to some extent a…

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borg
Jan 21, 2010 7:39 am
borg
Lex
Lex
23 January 2010

Our First OB is underway - ceilings and dry walls completed

Our First OB is underway - ceilings and dry walls completed

Oh, that's going to frame off the house so beautifully! Anyway, how did you construct your footings? Eg. dig to x deep. place reo/chairs/plastic (whatever) and in which…

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Lex
Jan 23, 2010 10:43 am
Lex
gettingThere
gettingThere
23 January 2010

How to drill holes through 15mm thick beam plates 3m above..

How to drill holes through 15mm thick beam plates 3m above..

We have installed house lots of structural steel. The only reason we bolt the beams to the posts is so we don't have to get the fabricator out to…

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gettingThere
Jan 23, 2010 2:57 pm
James Bond
James Bond
28 January 2010

Flashing, Vaccing and Cladding.....

Flashing, Vaccing and Cladding.....

Hi JB, Great pics so far. We have just begun (plans and surveys) our OB project and the…

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James Bond
Jan 28, 2010 7:36 pm
James Bond
hunts01
hunts01
29 January 2010

U Build homes

U Build homes

In regards to a previous topic in relation to owner build or not to owner build, builda recommended that the topic poster call Barry from Ubuild Homes. I know of a couple…

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hunts01
Jan 29, 2010 7:41 am
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
29 January 2010

Need a product for Treating expossed steel reinforcment.

Need a product for Treating expossed steel reinforcment.

Could you post some pics? If this is your reo poking out of the side of the slab, then the work is not up to standard and needs to be fixed (all reo must be covered by…

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Hills Guy
Jan 29, 2010 4:19 pm
Bam
Bam
31 January 2010

Rec for strip footing company MELB

Rec for strip footing company MELB

A wise person once told me you can never ask a silly question. The footings are basically the supports that the brickwork sits on, they use it…

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Bam
Jan 31, 2010 7:58 pm
Bam
rerob1
rerob1
31 January 2010

how long oh how long to finish your build

how long oh how long to finish your build

Dear Farmerswife We have been living in our beautiful OB home for the past 8 & a half months...old house demo'd in July 08, slab poured in Sept 08, moved in May 09. It…

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rerob1
Jan 31, 2010 8:46 pm
rerob1
Pugs
Pugs
1 February 2010

What to do next?

What to do next?

Ok so the kit is 8 wks away. What on earth is the order we should be doing things in? It is a small kit home…

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Pugs
Feb 01, 2010 1:23 am
Pugs
C&D
C&D
4 February 2010

Our OB project starting soon ....

Our OB project starting soon ....

The weather has been good to us, plumber was here yesterday, my husband is preparing slab today ready for pouring tomorrow :z:

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C&D
Feb 04, 2010 7:04 am
ryecandy
ryecandy
4 February 2010

Watch my 100 Year Old House Fix, Repair and Renovations

Watch my 100 Year Old House Fix, Repair and Renovations

Thanks for that Helyn! Hey, if I didn't put it there then the donations would never happen. Its an option, readers may choose to use it or not to use it. No harm done! If…

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ryecandy
Feb 04, 2010 2:05 pm
jbdave
jbdave
4 February 2010

prehung doors

prehung doors

Buy pre-hung, latched, etc and get the carpenter to install them.

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jbdave
Feb 04, 2010 6:11 pm
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


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