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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
orange
orange
5 June 2009

Free Owner Builder Guides + Free Estimates Software

Free Owner Builder Guides + Free Estimates Software

I thought this guide would be a good addition to the existing guides an owner builder may have. Its free: http://www.builders-directory.com.au/bu ... cess.shtml I found…

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orange
Jun 05, 2009 2:36 am
kristofw
kristofw
5 June 2009

Some Questions from Perth

Some Questions from Perth

I've paid approx $1/brick cash. The crew was exceptional, the best tradies I've dealt with so far. Beware of concretors. There're some VERY dodgy ones around and fixing a…

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kristofw
Jun 05, 2009 10:59 pm
kristofw
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
6 June 2009

How much did you pay for Electrical?

How much did you pay for Electrical?

we got quoted between 6500-10000 so they do differ. the guy we chose was local his quote was 7500 it took him 2 hrs to connect power to land so not long but really if you…

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bingoshelley
Jun 06, 2009 1:06 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
7 June 2009

Floor Insulation

Floor Insulation

You will find this an interesting rread re underfloor…

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Yak_Chat
Jun 07, 2009 1:01 pm
Yak_Chat
Emzy
Emzy
7 June 2009

O B ceritifcates of Consent in Vic

O B ceritifcates of Consent in Vic

It takes 2-3 weeks it says in the application form. Call them if you don't get a result in the next week. I submitted mine 5 days ago so I should know if it is all good…

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Emzy
Jun 07, 2009 5:10 pm
serialstyler
serialstyler
9 June 2009

It's GOING to happen & a few questions

It's GOING to happen & a few questions

Well we submitted all the paperwork to council. Have been waiting for an approval for a few weeks now. All good news except for the fact that the plan is it will be within…

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serialstyler
Jun 09, 2009 10:54 am
serialstyler
Bam
Bam
9 June 2009

The start of the steel!

The start of the steel!

^ Thank you, Ill check it out now :D

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Bam
Jun 09, 2009 12:55 pm
Bam
T&V
T&V
9 June 2009

Request help for a first time owner builder. Where to start?

Request help for a first time owner builder. Where to start?

Hi t/cliff - yep just ring the council building dept & ask can u come in to discuss ur project, some councils have actual o/b packs to help. yep O/b course just get u…

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T&V
Jun 09, 2009 10:35 pm
Littlemoscow
Littlemoscow
10 June 2009

Best time to lock up

Best time to lock up

thanks guys for your replies we spoke to our plasterer and he strongly advised to put the windows up as soon as the float coat goes on. he said that when the set coat is…

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Littlemoscow
Jun 10, 2009 12:32 pm
noidea
noidea
11 June 2009

WA- Harvey Norman Mega sales

WA- Harvey Norman Mega sales

For all WA owner builder. Now is the best time to buy your appliances. It happen in Perth Exhibition centre. The Miele Steam Oven is only $999. Where as other places sell…

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noidea
Jun 11, 2009 10:13 pm
Bam
Bam
12 June 2009

Concrete stumps/sub floor

Concrete stumps/sub floor

**edited as spammer is gone** :D Hope everything worked out for you Craig :)

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Bam
Jun 12, 2009 1:34 pm
Bam

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