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gettingThere
gettingThere
9 August 2009

Roof on! Windows in!

Roof on! Windows in!

Congrats guys! What's next bricks and guttering?

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gettingThere
Aug 09, 2009 7:51 pm
jbdave
jbdave
10 August 2009

just a quick question...

just a quick question...

Yes. Without the returned form 4 you will not be able to get a building permit. Your neighbour has 14 days to respond, and if they respond disagreeing to the proposal,…

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jbdave
Aug 10, 2009 9:12 pm
wake_me
wake_me
11 August 2009

Electricity meterbox/cables: what was ur cost prior to slab?

Electricity meterbox/cables: what was ur cost prior to slab?

Ahh I see. But didnt u need to dig under to get all that; I saw a guy doing it on a site and he had the bobcat and all. They charge nearly 1000 to…

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wake_me
Aug 11, 2009 3:06 pm
wake_me
alokin
alokin
11 August 2009

How to make a l-shaped wall?

How to make a l-shaped wall?

We never did mason work, but we want to make an l- shaped wall, about 1.40 high to cover up the outside laundry. (I think we'll get some of these DYO books at the…

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alokin
Aug 11, 2009 5:12 pm
fazmac
fazmac
11 August 2009

how much to wire a house

how much to wire a house

I am so sorry, i obviously didn't read it properly, 5000 bucks on top for heritage switches is 65 hours of labour which is a week and a half for one man, that does seem…

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fazmac
Aug 11, 2009 7:23 pm
mandystoj
mandystoj
11 August 2009

how much did you pay for your floor covering and carpet?

how much did you pay for your floor covering and carpet?

I'm going with Tiles downstairs (I prefer tiles) and carpet upstairs but havent got to the stage of prices yet. I know my parents did upstairs (250m2) and some of…

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mandystoj
Aug 11, 2009 8:15 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
11 August 2009

Insulation for underneath a sub floor

Insulation for underneath a sub floor

Investigated this product a few years ago for one of my jobs. They deliver Australia wide too. http://www.concertinafoilbatts.com/ Hope this helps?

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dirkadirk
Aug 11, 2009 8:42 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
14 August 2009

Insurance - at Lock Up Stage

Insurance - at Lock Up Stage

I didn't want to start a new thread.... so when you're building, the insurance is covered by the builder until handover Correct. If…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 14, 2009 8:04 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
20 August 2009

How To Go About Quotes

How To Go About Quotes

Legal point of discharge for storm water and sewer. You should be able to obtain these from your water company and or council. providing your on sewer and not septic…

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dirkadirk
Aug 20, 2009 10:22 pm
Hammerhead
Hammerhead
21 August 2009

Flooring costs.

Flooring costs.

You lay whatever your finished flooring choice is over the top (carpet, tiles, timber etc) after suitable preparation.

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Hammerhead
Aug 21, 2009 10:47 am
Hammerhead
hunts01
hunts01
24 August 2009

how much do you pay to rent concrete pump truck ?

how much do you pay to rent concrete pump truck ?

Elchagie, try getting a few quotes for everything you want to do, make a generic enquiry for a service such as the concrete pumping and send it to 5 companies. You will…

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hunts01
Aug 24, 2009 7:13 pm
royalblue
royalblue
27 August 2009

How do you make sure you get GOOD tradespeople?

How do you make sure you get GOOD tradespeople?
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I'd say it pays to do a bit of looking for trade associations that relate to the trade you are looking for. Many trades will have a license or something similar. For…

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royalblue
Aug 27, 2009 11:28 pm
T&V
T&V
29 August 2009

Owner builders how much was your electricians bill?

Owner builders how much was your electricians bill?

if u use the search facility for this forum with words "electical costs" u will find 3 or 4 recent threads - electrical wiring costs per point - electrical costs-…

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T&V
Aug 29, 2009 3:02 am
carpenterforhire
carpenterforhire
30 August 2009

When do windows go in?

When do windows go in?

Hi getting there, just to dispell any myths...........the unequivical answer to your question is 1st...Timber frame completely finished, braced, level, straight and…

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carpenterforhire
Aug 30, 2009 9:19 pm
sunshine
sunshine
31 August 2009

Time for Us to Jump In The Deep End!

Time for Us to Jump In The Deep End!

Hi Wendy, I can't wait to see some pics of your new place going up! Our wonderful builder started last Thursday 27th Aug, which is exactly 10 mths since we moved into the…

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sunshine
Aug 31, 2009 8:05 pm
Draconis
Draconis
31 August 2009

Newbie questions

Newbie questions

you have to submit a copy of the OB course cert with the plans to council before they will issue a building permit. Also it will be easier to have the OB cert in the name…

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Draconis
Aug 31, 2009 9:00 pm
Draconis
roy
roy
2 September 2009

By the beach OB project

By the beach OB project

The framing I'm looking at using is "Trucore" by bluescope and they give a 50 year warranty as long as you are no closer than 300m from high tide line so I am going to…

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roy
Sep 02, 2009 2:40 pm
serialstyler
serialstyler
4 September 2009

Is this the correct OB Course?

Is this the correct OB Course?

I don't want to jinx myself LOL, so will post some pics etc once we have purchased the kit. It's still a bit touch & go with the budget, not one plumber has quoted me yet,…

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serialstyler
Sep 04, 2009 11:44 am
serialstyler
pete002
pete002
5 September 2009

Can we do our own guttering?

Can we do our own guttering?

I know in Victoria you cant, contact the QBSA or Queensland Master Plumbers. Regs should be on respective websites. Cheers

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pete002
Sep 05, 2009 4:54 pm
carpenterforhire
carpenterforhire
7 September 2009

Loretta's OB project

Loretta's OB project

Awesome build, looks really interesting, well done!!!!' Shaun

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carpenterforhire
Sep 07, 2009 5:41 pm
ttn
ttn
7 September 2009

Owner Builder or Not? Advice needed

Owner Builder or Not? Advice needed

thanks Jazzie & Julesi. If i am building a new house, i'd not dare to be an OB. However, as an extension from the back, i think I have some real good chances if i can…

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ttn
Sep 07, 2009 10:43 pm
mat
mat
10 September 2009

I'm an Official OB - Perth

I'm an Official OB - Perth

:: Congratulations you have made excellent progress..... seems like you are motoring along. Sooo glad mines a single, don`t think I would be brave enough to tackle double…

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mat
Sep 10, 2009 11:21 am
shackonthehill
shackonthehill
11 September 2009

OB'S Over East

OB'S Over East

Hi All Just wondering if you guys over east building a timber frame house can tell me the order of works please. Is it a slab Then get a joiner to make the timber…

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shackonthehill
Sep 11, 2009 11:08 pm
shackonthehill
Inspired
Inspired
12 September 2009

Renting an OB built house???

Renting an OB built house???

Thanks noidea! Didn;t even think to look on our conditions on our license when they asked! haha They have since rang the board and its fine to rent an OB house :)

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Inspired
Sep 12, 2009 12:44 am
piranha
piranha
14 September 2009

O/B Novice

O/B Novice

depends alot on what you can do yourself, if you can source pc items cheaply and can negotiate good prices for building materials. also consider the loss of earnings of…

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piranha
Sep 14, 2009 12:23 am
OMG!!!
OMG!!!
14 September 2009

council query

council query

thanks everyone.. very helpfull.. i spoke to council again today, and that is pretty much what they were asking. they want a note to say the existing house's brick…

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OMG!!!
Sep 14, 2009 5:27 pm
Rowena
Rowena
17 September 2009

How many downlights should we have?

How many downlights should we have?

Thanks Hillsguy. You're right - it's a tricky one. I think we are going with 6 in each of the living and theatre room. Still unsure about the kitchen meals. As to the…

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Rowena
Sep 17, 2009 10:46 pm
Rowena
rubber_noggin
rubber_noggin
18 September 2009

What insulation brand are you getting?

What insulation brand are you getting?

The 'best' all round insulation is glasswool batts. They are proven, comparatively cheaper and have the lowest environmental foot print. There are 2 main local…

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rubber_noggin
Sep 18, 2009 7:05 am
rubber_noggin
gettingThere
gettingThere
18 September 2009

Where did you get your bricks from and for how much $$$?

Where did you get your bricks from and for how much $$$?

Are you going to lay the bricks yourself? As stated above a brickie will get a better rate because they can generate a lot of business for the…

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gettingThere
Sep 18, 2009 10:20 am
build.my.dream.home
build.my.dream.home
18 September 2009

Owner Builder courses in Sydney CBD

Owner Builder courses in Sydney CBD

where about in Hurstville? it's where I live :)

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build.my.dream.home
Sep 18, 2009 3:33 pm
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
22 September 2009

Advice Please - Transporting Pallets of Bricks or Blocks

Advice Please - Transporting Pallets of Bricks or Blocks

Different companies have different setups, but if you ring and ask to talk to the transport supervisor or the dispatch coordinator they should get you through to the right…

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Hills Guy
Sep 22, 2009 10:38 pm
Littlemoscow
Littlemoscow
24 September 2009

Our OB adventure has begun!!!

Our OB adventure has begun!!!
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hi Tony, sorry i never replied. we have been so busy with everything!!! my DH is overseas at the moment and it is hard to manage everything on my own (with a 3 year old :D

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Littlemoscow
Sep 24, 2009 2:53 pm
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Pat the draftie
Sep 25, 2009 3:53 pm
Pat the draftie
ownerbuilderromsey
ownerbuilderromsey
27 September 2009

OB Pool

OB Pool

We're about to OB our pool - have just ordered the shell. To be honest the Pool Shell manufacturer was not very keen to be providing the shell to an OBer - especially…

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ownerbuilderromsey
Sep 27, 2009 12:38 am
ownerbuilderromsey
rajvir83
rajvir83
30 September 2009

Camalda Estate South Morang

Camalda Estate South Morang

Hi Aaron & Amanda, Where are you upto with your construction at the moment? It looks like all done or nearly done. When you guys are planning to move in? Ours at Fix…

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rajvir83
Sep 30, 2009 10:54 am
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Getjason
Sep 30, 2009 5:32 pm
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serialstyler
Oct 01, 2009 8:14 pm
serialstyler
Hammerhead
Hammerhead
1 October 2009

Owner builder insurance? Who have you gone with?

Owner builder insurance? Who have you gone with?

Thanks for the great referrals. I have decided to go with FD Beck as they provided me with the cheapeset quote. I had never heard of them prior to…

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Hammerhead
Oct 01, 2009 9:03 pm
Hammerhead
KatherineHogarty
KatherineHogarty
2 October 2009

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance
1, 2, 3

Yes I think that's how it works. You don't need to think about the OB warranty insurance until you are selling (before the 6 years). FD Beck said that the offer warranty…

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KatherineHogarty
Oct 02, 2009 6:48 am
mrevp
mrevp
7 October 2009

How long for your Owner Builders Permit?

How long for your Owner Builders Permit?

I have the forms for Victoria but I am not a form friendly person. Is there a system to assist people filling in the forms ? can I get them…

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mrevp
Oct 07, 2009 7:01 am
jodge
jodge
7 October 2009

Our building progress

Our building progress

Wow, that's amazing Warren! You must have nerves of steel though, I think I'd need that $80K for mental health care fees after it was all finished!

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jodge
Oct 07, 2009 9:37 pm
jodge
Jazzie
Jazzie
18 October 2009

Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboards - loving the look!

Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboards - loving the look!

Our house is currently being covered in Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboards - it'slooking fantastic, we are rapt :) Our first thought was to use Linea but after a couple of…

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Jazzie
Oct 18, 2009 4:13 pm
Jazzie
D200 Doug
D200 Doug
19 October 2009

Owner Building along 90 Mile beach.

Owner Building along 90 Mile beach.

Think of lots then multiply that by 100,000 :D They were really really bad and that is from a Queenslander !

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D200 Doug
Oct 19, 2009 7:11 pm
D200 Doug
D200 Doug
19 October 2009

Dirt / check. Plan ? sort of. Application / in

Dirt / check. Plan ? sort of. Application / in

False start we got our application back today We had not filled it in correctly :( Will try again tomorrow ::frown::

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D200 Doug
Oct 19, 2009 7:13 pm
nelsonclassic
nelsonclassic
21 October 2009

Plumbing/Drainage costs: NEED HELP ASAP!

Plumbing/Drainage costs: NEED HELP ASAP!

Hello friend, I think it's around $2,500...yes you are right it's including guttering cost.This is the estimated rate of around 2 months before,may be it has increased…

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nelsonclassic
Oct 21, 2009 9:21 pm


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