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gettingThere
gettingThere
5 May 2009

Site Loo - when should I take it away?

Site Loo - when should I take it away?

I've knocked together (with help of the neighbour, a semi-retired chippy) a site loo connected to the inspection sewer hole, and with a black…

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gettingThere
May 05, 2009 8:50 pm
hunts01
hunts01
5 May 2009

Recommendations for books on building process

Recommendations for books on building process

Hey Loretta thats fantastic, will have to print it of at work ::wink::

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hunts01
May 05, 2009 11:23 pm
rtcplanning
rtcplanning
5 May 2009

steps in owner building

steps in owner building

Good luck with it. Hopefully everything goes well.

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rtcplanning
May 06, 2009 12:21 am
joles
joles
6 May 2009

How much did you pay for tiling?

How much did you pay for tiling?

Littlemoscow, unfortunately, I reckon that is ballpark for that size porcelain tile. :( The size and the fact it is porcelain mean there is more site prep to achieve that…

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joles
May 06, 2009 12:43 pm
joles
hunts01
hunts01
7 May 2009

how much do you pay for soil engineer to draw up plans ?

how much do you pay for soil engineer to draw up plans ?

We paid about 2000, but that was for a house nearly completely on stumps, sloping block with cantilevered deck requiring a bit of effort. If your house was a standard slab…

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hunts01
May 07, 2009 11:14 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
7 May 2009

Do i need to get the site surveyed?

Do i need to get the site surveyed?

By the way, it might pay to shop around. I've managed to find a surveyor who will do both an identification survey and building set out for $855 (including gst) :)

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gettingThere
May 07, 2009 6:46 pm
hunts01
hunts01
8 May 2009

The relationship between the frame and the structural steel

The relationship between the frame and the structural steel

No as the end of the post has a flat piece of steel welded to it. We actually put the post in lined it up there abouts and bolted the plate to the ground then stood the…

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hunts01
May 08, 2009 4:27 pm
T&V
T&V
8 May 2009

Plasterboard Quote

Plasterboard Quote

Hi Hammerhead, b4 u compare too many prices, whats the cost of 180 sqm of insulwool & laying it in is worth something ??? i've just taken a rough estimate of taking…

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T&V
May 09, 2009 12:43 am
chuth77
chuth77
10 May 2009

OB permit costing guide

OB permit costing guide

Your permit doesn't have to be that precise... Best get a quote from a builder, cause that is the number the BSA is after!

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chuth77
May 10, 2009 9:45 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
11 May 2009

Would you pay an extra $2,100 for 200mm thick quarry rubble?

Would you pay an extra $2,100 for 200mm thick quarry rubble?

Hi GT, is it double brick or b/veneer top & bottom? who designed the footings? firstly if the people who designed the footings are NOT the concrete…

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gettingThere
May 11, 2009 10:53 am
mrevp
mrevp
12 May 2009

Council Issues with cut & fill

Council Issues with cut & fill

Ok, took the be nice approach at a meeting with the councillor yesterday submitted 2x letters and now we play the waiting game again.

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mrevp
May 12, 2009 10:31 am
King willy
King willy
12 May 2009

Top plate & frame centres?

Top plate & frame centres?
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Thanks guys, I had to think about the top hat part for a while, but I think I get it, it’s the zink metal battens that are referred to as top hat. I’m picking up a lot…

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King willy
May 12, 2009 9:09 pm
King willy
risa
risa
14 May 2009

Slab on slab

Slab on slab

It should be alright.If your finished floor level of new slab is too high ,then u may top it up with granular fill before laying the slab.Where new slab have to take…

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risa
May 14, 2009 11:08 am
Maya_Papaya
Maya_Papaya
16 May 2009

Internal walls

Internal walls

Thanks Ed :) Looks like I'm going to have to up my building skillset from Lego - what could possibly go wrong :lol:

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Maya_Papaya
May 16, 2009 10:45 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
16 May 2009

How much did you pay for Plumbing?

How much did you pay for Plumbing?

The best quote we've been able to get is $14,450 (inc gst) Two storey house with 3 full size bathrooms 2 powder rooms sewer drain and water connection to the detached…

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gettingThere
May 16, 2009 4:18 pm
elchagie
elchagie
16 May 2009

Hebel vs Brick vs Polyfoam

Hebel vs Brick vs Polyfoam

I will do the insulation under the blueboard so I will improve the rate for blueboard ,but so far I'm not sure about the cost for both of them blueboard and the insulation…

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elchagie
May 16, 2009 7:44 pm
Southies
Southies
16 May 2009

Mud Brick home building classes?

Mud Brick home building classes?

Have a read of this; hope it helps should you decide not to do it all yourself or even if you decide to go kit home…

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Southies
May 16, 2009 11:33 pm
Southies

Hi all I’ve been thinking (which is always a bit dangerours) ::study:: about a way to avoid the extra cost of brick over windows. The Cement sheet looks ugly & the lentil too…

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King willy
May 17, 2009 8:43 pm
King willy
builda
builda
17 May 2009

Can someone please talk me through the plumbing/slab stage?

Can someone please talk me through the plumbing/slab stage?
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Nomad, I understand your point but the confusion here is simple. If Harkaway are building to lock up stage then they need to BUILD to lock up stage. What I am reading…

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builda
May 17, 2009 11:10 pm
builda
builda
builda
17 May 2009

Slab certification - procedure and rough cost?

Slab certification - procedure and rough cost?

My advice is that if they cannot produce any documentation then you negotiate the price DOWN to allow for complete removal of the slab and to start again. You could waste…

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builda
May 17, 2009 11:20 pm
builda
builda
builda
17 May 2009

Surveyor set out cost

Surveyor set out cost

Site setouts are much simpler than a block survey and there are some surveyors that have specialised only in this area as it saves time for builders and reduces the stuff…

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builda
May 17, 2009 11:50 pm
builda
Hammerhead
Hammerhead
18 May 2009

We Have Steps!

We Have Steps!

Thnaks, Peter. I am…

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Hammerhead
May 18, 2009 6:15 pm
Hammerhead
builda
builda
19 May 2009

How much do you cost the SQ as Owner builder ?

How much do you cost the SQ as Owner builder ?

Sounds good Michael, just get everything quoted to make sure you keep within your budget! Good luck and keep us posted.

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builda
May 19, 2009 5:05 pm
builda
Rod1949
Rod1949
19 May 2009

How much did you pay for your STEEL FRAME?

How much did you pay for your STEEL FRAME?

In early 2006 mine cost $22,000 supply only of everything, single story 400 squ meters, 2.7m high walls.

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Rod1949
May 19, 2009 6:20 pm
T&V
T&V
20 May 2009

They stuffed up my slab!!!

They stuffed up my slab!!!
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Hi getingthere, i don't quite get ur question, so i'll try to be more specific:- firstly in setting out ur house, if u haven't done it b4 get some assistance, either…

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T&V
May 20, 2009 1:26 am
T&V
T&V
20 May 2009

My experience with tradies.

My experience with tradies.

agh ur a hard lady michelle :wink: ....boys love to have little treats onsite - they love h/cooking :lol: so do i!!! clean site, clean loo, somewhere comfy for smoko is IMO the best…

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T&V
May 20, 2009 1:49 am
Casa2
Casa2
20 May 2009

Electrician told me to choose the power points, light switch

Electrician told me to choose the power points, light switch

Hi, Please go to clipsal website and book a consultant. They will go through the house plan and plug in all the lighting and power point in…

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Casa2
May 20, 2009 9:45 am
katie08
katie08
20 May 2009

Our Bayside family house build

Our Bayside family house build

how exciting to have progress :z: Such a great block, will look forward to seeing more pics

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katie08
May 20, 2009 10:53 pm
katie08
T&V
T&V
21 May 2009

What is our next step?

What is our next step?

Hi EP11, ur a younger poster & i'm right at the other end of the age scale so this should be fun!!! now i take it ur going to owner build this reno? if not simply take ur…

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T&V
May 21, 2009 11:06 pm
T&V
T&V
22 May 2009

Building Specifications questions.

Building Specifications questions.

Hi KW, r u owner building this house or do u have a builder? if ur o/bing i strongly suggest u do an o/ber course & get a book or 2 from the library & have a read, a lot…

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T&V
May 22, 2009 4:23 am
kristofw
kristofw
22 May 2009

Concrete questions.

Concrete questions.

KW, Ready mix concrete Strength of 20 mpa (is that strong) Standard for a waffle pod slab? Minimum strength of concrete for slabs. I went…

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kristofw
May 22, 2009 11:50 am
kristofw
gettingThere
gettingThere
22 May 2009

Is $3,000 reasonable for structural steel engineering design

Is $3,000 reasonable for structural steel engineering design

The price for engineering is not relevant to the size of the house but how many beams needed to be designed. Some 40sq houses could have none,…

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gettingThere
May 22, 2009 11:20 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
24 May 2009

Roof Tiles - where from and how much $$$ for installation

Roof Tiles - where from and how much $$$ for installation

You can contact Monier or Bristile. They can do supply & installation. Normally cost $15,000 up for roof. Mine is colourbond with 35pitch with…

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gettingThere
May 24, 2009 1:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
25 May 2009

Plumbing Quote

Plumbing Quote

I ha quotes 19k and another 17k ,, both way more than I wanted to pay so I decided to hire someone by the hour…

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bingoshelley
May 25, 2009 1:11 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
27 May 2009

progressive construction inspections - how much did you pay?

progressive construction inspections - how much did you pay?

In QLD we are required to have the following inspections; Footings, before concrete poured (by engineer $155) Slab, before concrete pour (by…

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gettingThere
May 27, 2009 8:31 pm
wake_me
wake_me
27 May 2009

Whats a good price for common bricks?

Whats a good price for common bricks?

We are rendering the whole facade and bagging the rest of the house and we wont see a single brick once finished. So doesn't matter how they look. Ended up finding some…

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wake_me
May 27, 2009 9:27 pm
wake_me
elchagie
elchagie
29 May 2009

my soil report

my soil report

my soil test cane P -class which is bad ,my drafty told me the engineer maybe will design piers in every 3.5m in foundation depth of each them about 2.5 m wich will cost…

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elchagie
May 30, 2009 12:30 am
kymvass
kymvass
30 May 2009

Builder issue!!!!

Builder issue!!!!

The best source of information I found was from the building commission. The guys are very helpful and full of good advice about how to manage the project/builder, even…

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kymvass
May 30, 2009 5:40 pm
wake_me
wake_me
1 June 2009

Builders contract

Builders contract

I've got the FIL building our place and we just put PC sums for everything. Just have a guess, its not gonna make any difference at the end of the day.

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wake_me
Jun 01, 2009 9:10 pm
wake_me
T&V
T&V
2 June 2009

Operating a Dingo.

Operating a Dingo.

Hi KW, yes u being other side of Oz, i can't recommend the best trees for u, ur right talk to local nursery or if u see a good wind break somewhere ask owners what trees…

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T&V
Jun 02, 2009 1:20 am
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kristofw
Jun 02, 2009 11:15 pm
kristofw
chuth77
chuth77
4 June 2009

How much did you pay for concrete?

How much did you pay for concrete?

Cheers. Hope it all goes well... The weather should hold out, and at least the guys wil have heaps of time to work the slab!

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chuth77
Jun 04, 2009 9:46 pm
Littlemoscow
Littlemoscow
4 June 2009

New Roof Cladding & Rain

New Roof Cladding & Rain

hi Tony thank you very much for your reply i just spoke to my DH about your message and he reassured me that we the ridgesare indeed tapped into the roof sheets' groves.…

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Littlemoscow
Jun 04, 2009 11:41 pm


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