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themax
themax
16 July 2009

Frame just about complete!

Frame just about complete!

Wow that's coming along really well. Looking fantastic. Bet that Rumpus room will get a work out from the mini JB girls when it's done! :D

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themax
Jul 16, 2009 9:14 pm
themax
jbdave
jbdave
19 July 2009

Please help - wanting to know process for doing foundations

Please help - wanting to know process for doing foundations

Don't forget that you'll also need to organise your "Part A" (ie collars or spray) for your termite protection if it is required in your area.

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jbdave
Jul 19, 2009 9:23 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
19 July 2009

OB tradie recommendations Adelaide

OB tradie recommendations Adelaide

Not many owner builders in Adelaide at all ::surprise::

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gettingThere
Jul 19, 2009 11:34 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
20 July 2009

HOw hard to do own shed slab? 7x7 or 7x14

HOw hard to do own shed slab? 7x7 or 7x14

we done it but paid 1 man to help who knew what he was doing i miss calculated the concrete needed so cost and extra $500 but me an hubby boxed it up laid the road base…

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bingoshelley
Jul 20, 2009 1:49 am
borg
borg
21 July 2009

Bulk discount / Buying power with Boral, CSR and Stegbar

Bulk discount / Buying power with Boral, CSR and Stegbar

My Opinion is dont limit yourself from where you buy stuff. Shop around and buy whats good at the time. I think the only way you will get a discount from all divsions is…

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borg
Jul 21, 2009 4:15 pm
borg
Mick.B
Mick.B
21 July 2009

Painting Tips

Painting Tips

Sorry guys my info got scrubed by the Mods because I had a link to my business. Mick

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Mick.B
Jul 21, 2009 5:25 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
21 July 2009

slab / foundation installation.

slab / foundation installation.

Most plans will have a few diagonal measurements and these will tell you if your setout is square 8)

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onc_artisan
Jul 21, 2009 10:18 pm
onc_artisan
T&V
T&V
22 July 2009

how long to finish your build

how long to finish your build

Hi Sunshine, all depends on how much u want to do urselfs & how good is the budget, i recon 1 year from lock up is not unrealistic. last few houses i did i was working &…

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T&V
Jul 22, 2009 2:16 am
Brickie
Brickie
22 July 2009

Balloon Framing - Brick

Balloon Framing - Brick

Wouldnt it pop the balloon?

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Brickie
Jul 22, 2009 4:17 pm
hunts01
hunts01
22 July 2009

$53,000 for bricklaying (LABOUR ONLY)

$53,000 for bricklaying (LABOUR ONLY)

It sure isn't stealing, but it is immoral and it is dissapointing that some people think they can try and pull the wool over the customers eyes. Unfortunately i am sure…

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hunts01
Jul 22, 2009 8:39 pm
mrevp
mrevp
23 July 2009

"Housing Specifications" - Australian Standards/BCA

"Housing Specifications" - Australian Standards/BCA

residential construction specifications, Trueline Spec booklet

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mrevp
Jul 23, 2009 11:33 am
elchagie
elchagie
23 July 2009

unregister builder

unregister builder

last week I met more than 10 Carpenters ,when you talk to them you will know all of them umregister with building comission ,I don't kow what I should do as owner builder…

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elchagie
Jul 23, 2009 6:02 pm
sunshine
sunshine
23 July 2009

Sealed Chipboard Flooring

Sealed Chipboard Flooring

Wendy, did you get my pmessage??

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sunshine
Jul 23, 2009 7:42 pm
Kristi
Kristi
28 July 2009

shadowclad for external cladding

shadowclad for external cladding

Hi! We have shadowclad on the outside of our house. We actually built it (well our builder did :wink: ), but the plans had already been done before we bought the property,…

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Kristi
Jul 28, 2009 7:39 pm
Kristi
T&V
T&V
30 July 2009

Portico, garage and verandah setdown 50mm or 86mm?

Portico, garage and verandah setdown 50mm or 86mm?

Hi GT - like nomad said - i've used 86mm setdown for verandah from house slab with 25mm fall over 1.8 verandah width, under roof garage is at house slab level with 50 mm…

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T&V
Jul 30, 2009 3:49 am
kexkez
kexkez
31 July 2009

THE MARTINS.....painting

THE MARTINS.....painting
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Well things have been slowing here. had a slowdown in finances, had colds, been busy with work.... so many things, and the end is so close…

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kexkez
Jul 31, 2009 9:31 am
kexkez
Inspired
Inspired
1 August 2009

Our Owner Build adventure!

Our Owner Build adventure!
1, 2

Hi Ruth I Just looked at your blog, your house looks amazing! I absolutley love your wood floors. Congratulations on your new baby too...must be so nice to have your…

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Inspired
Aug 01, 2009 1:24 am
Kristi
Kristi
5 August 2009

Granny Glat Planning Permits OB

Granny Glat Planning Permits OB

We are actually doing it the other way around, and have built (and live in) the granny flat at the moment. Currently applying to build the main residence. The main…

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Kristi
Aug 05, 2009 3:50 pm
Kristi
dave-
dave-
5 August 2009

One of those days when you wonder if it is all worth it.....

One of those days when you wonder if it is all worth it.....

For us, it just makes that chilled bevy on the deck at the end of the day even sweeter..........cheers to all OB's! You are doing a great…

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dave-
Aug 05, 2009 6:35 pm
nomad
nomad
6 August 2009

prefab frame Qoute

prefab frame Qoute

Might just add when cross referencing quotes its important not to just look at the bottom line with trusses and frames. Things to look out for are: Stud spacings. Double…

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nomad
Aug 06, 2009 12:32 pm
serialstyler
serialstyler
7 August 2009

When to do phone & power lines?

When to do phone & power lines?

Thanks for that picture PeterH, thanks for all your replies. It puts my mind at ease.

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serialstyler
Aug 07, 2009 9:26 am
serialstyler
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 8:51 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 10:12 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 4:06 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 6:12 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 8:23 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 9:15 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 9:42 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 9:04 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 11:22 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 11:47 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 8:13 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 28, 2009 12:28 am
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 4:02 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 10:19 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 9:05 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 10:00 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 3:40 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 12:44 pm
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 5:54 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 6:41 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 11:43 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 12:21 pm
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 12, 2009 12:08 am
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 1:44 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 1:23 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 6:27 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 11:46 pm
Rowena


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