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bingoshelley
bingoshelley
28 January 2009

How to design landscaping...any good websites about?

How to design landscaping...any good websites about?

hi if your in country vic my best advice is to go to your local nursery as plants that grow in the city areas will never survive in the bush your local nursery will have…

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bingoshelley
Jan 28, 2009 1:56 am
kristofw
kristofw
28 January 2009

Checking Slab Square - Kristof

Checking Slab Square - Kristof

Hi Nina, Looks like I'm not alone in slab woes! This arvo I talked to a tiler bloke, who's a friend of a friend. He recommended scooping those wet areas to the spec…

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kristofw
Jan 28, 2009 6:58 pm
kristofw
builda
builda
1 February 2009

Basics of being an Owner Builder

Basics of being an Owner Builder

Tony, again a great post - honesty can not be understated! The advice line as you suggested is something that I am working on at the moment and want to set up a chat…

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builda
Feb 01, 2009 8:25 pm
builda
ownerbuilder2009
ownerbuilder2009
2 February 2009

Project Manager - SA

Project Manager - SA

Hi all. anyone know of any good Project Managers in SA? I am looking to employ a Project Manager to oversee my build (owner builder) Cheers Peter

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ownerbuilder2009
Feb 02, 2009 4:50 pm
ptw
ptw
8 February 2009

Tradies' rates for framing, plastering & blueboarding?

Tradies' rates for framing, plastering & blueboarding?

Does anyone know the current average tradies' daily rates for framing, hanging plaster sheet, finishing plaster and…

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ptw
Feb 08, 2009 7:40 am
chuth77
chuth77
10 February 2009

Dep. Fair Trading Inspector

Dep. Fair Trading Inspector

I'm with you Minx... As an owner builder, you are responsible for everyone on your site... The buck stops with the Builder/Owner Builder, as it will be you going to…

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chuth77
Feb 10, 2009 7:35 am
Barney
Barney
19 February 2009

Building a 40 square metre deck

Building a 40 square metre deck

You will find that the book is only good for decks < 1m above ground. There is other span tables applicable for decks> 1m above ground and depending on height, do your…

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Barney
Feb 19, 2009 8:43 am
Steve
Steve
23 February 2009

OHS for OBs

OHS for OBs

I agree 100% and I always work on my place in a safe manner obsurving all OH & S guidlines. In the past Owner builder sites were not considered a 'work site' hence were…

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Steve
Feb 23, 2009 8:27 am
Steve
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
23 February 2009

Can you DIY site prep to reduce site costs?

Can you DIY site prep to reduce site costs?

we have done everything except the peg out we got a builder to peg our site for $40.00 we had no experience in building anything let alone a house.however if i had the…

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bingoshelley
Feb 23, 2009 10:35 am
serialstyler
serialstyler
23 February 2009

Talking to kit home provider, any warnings?

Talking to kit home provider, any warnings?

We are actually going for the Aussie Retreat... Plan 2 http://www.sheds.com.au/process/views/c ... oryId=1279 Called Wide-span thismorning & just waiting on an…

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serialstyler
Feb 23, 2009 11:23 am
serialstyler
rerob1
rerob1
23 February 2009

Specification booklet

Specification booklet

sutto - as wake_me says, the specifications are included as part of your working drawings and in general should be supplied by whoever finalised your plans ( your…

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rerob1
Feb 23, 2009 12:27 pm
rerob1
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
26 February 2009

HELP! RE: Kit Home Stumping

HELP! RE: Kit Home Stumping

thanks for that, great reply!! Probably prefer to use cement posts as the home is steel frame then we won't have to worry about…

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bingoshelley
Feb 26, 2009 5:56 pm
jp006
jp006
1 March 2009

extension nightmare

extension nightmare

Received quote from builder upon initial discussions and decided that as it was within budget, would add an inground pool. Got him to put quote on paper only to see that…

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jp006
Mar 01, 2009 12:11 pm
jp006
jp006
3 March 2009

Extensions

Extensions

Hi. I'm not the expert in renovations as I've posted my own question, however since then, I have had some quotes and based on the squares that I was looking at, approx…

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jp006
Mar 03, 2009 5:49 pm
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Pugs
Mar 03, 2009 6:25 pm
Pugs
kristofw
kristofw
8 March 2009

"shrinkage" cracks in slabs

"shrinkage" cracks in slabs

Great post Tony, very helpful! Here's my 2-pennyworth, learned in a very hard way :(. Slab is probably the most important element of the construction and because of the…

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kristofw
Mar 08, 2009 2:16 pm
kristofw
kristofw
kristofw
13 March 2009

Kitchens in WA

Kitchens in WA

Is sink included in those $20K ? The sum is quite reasonable in my experience. I had an initial chat with one of the top of the range kitchen outfits, they gave me a…

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kristofw
Mar 13, 2009 5:59 pm
kristofw
gettingThere
gettingThere
14 March 2009

Any footing/slab/concrete recommendations in Adelaide?

Any footing/slab/concrete recommendations in Adelaide?

Hi there Well done on making the decision to owner build, in whatever sense that may be (from doing all the work yourself to doing…

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gettingThere
Mar 14, 2009 6:32 pm
noidea
noidea
16 March 2009

Building costs for a 2 storey, 4 B/R, 2 ensuite, 1 bathroom

Building costs for a 2 storey, 4 B/R, 2 ensuite, 1 bathroom

hi everyone, my 2 cents... we are building in Forrestdale in WA. our house is about 360m2 (incl alfresco and garage), but with good…

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noidea
Mar 16, 2009 2:20 pm
hunts01
hunts01
19 March 2009

how much Draft person will charge me ?

how much Draft person will charge me ?

cheers shelley, some times I wish i had bought a flat block which would have allowed me to build something not so difficult!

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hunts01
Mar 19, 2009 3:21 pm
kristofw
kristofw
28 March 2009

Robe door frames ?

Robe door frames ?

Thanks for all replies. DW seems to be rather inclined to follow the Polish tradition and have robes 2000 tall, then on top of them a separate storage, for the little used…

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kristofw
Mar 28, 2009 4:11 pm
kristofw
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
3 April 2009

Almost done after 4 years !!

Almost done after 4 years !!

ok whats this no electric hot water systems what do we use is this just in qld or all over.great u got me worried now lol ooops congrats lol

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bingoshelley
Apr 03, 2009 8:55 pm
T&V
T&V
4 April 2009

Electrical Quotes

Electrical Quotes

Hi All, just a quick update on the electrical quotes for those who r interested & may be costing ATM- i got 3 and all 3 quoted on full wiring, after seeing the job they…

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T&V
Apr 03, 2009 11:03 pm
chuth77
chuth77
4 April 2009

Owner Buidling Training in Brisbane?

Owner Buidling Training in Brisbane?

Contact the BSA. They will have a list of providers

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chuth77
Apr 04, 2009 8:13 am
loretta
loretta
4 April 2009

CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATE

CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATE

Sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation James :)

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loretta
Apr 04, 2009 1:42 pm
loretta
Littlemoscow
Littlemoscow
7 April 2009

Slowly Taking Shape

Slowly Taking Shape

OMG this is like heaven ::lol:: a really beautiful spot, congratulations

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Littlemoscow
Apr 07, 2009 6:15 pm
kristofw
kristofw
8 April 2009

what is the best way to do concrete slab as O B PLEASE ?

what is the best way to do concrete slab as O B PLEASE ?

See the viewtopic.php?f=38&t=14767 thread. Use the search facility to find more info on this forum. I've chosen an outfit that quoted me $10K, for a 171m2 slab, all other…

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kristofw
Apr 08, 2009 10:01 am
kristofw
vvs mand
vvs mand
13 April 2009

"Trade prices"

"Trade prices"

I spend around $80000 a year with Reece and find that I still have to shop around find a cheaper proce and then haggle with them. its kind of like doing business in the…

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vvs mand
Apr 13, 2009 7:56 pm
T&V
T&V
13 April 2009

Gone from using a builder to becoming an 'owner builder'

Gone from using a builder to becoming an 'owner builder'

HI SS - i'm not a reg builder, but i'm a bit older than most around here & have o/b'ed a few houses over last 40 years - (go into O/B forum & u'll see a few blunt points…

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T&V
Apr 13, 2009 10:26 pm
T&V
T&V
13 April 2009

Has Anyone got Timber framed Shed Plans?

Has Anyone got Timber framed Shed Plans?

Hi Chuth77, i saw a while ago u were looking for plans of a timber framed shed, i thought i had one in a building book i had, & i've just found it - the book is entitled…

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T&V
Apr 13, 2009 11:33 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
14 April 2009

Plasterboard sander - which one and where to buy?

Plasterboard sander - which one and where to buy?

Hi guys We will most probably be doing our own plasterboarding. Can anyone recommend a sander? I've had a look on ebay and there seem to be lots for under $300. How good…

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gettingThere
Apr 14, 2009 3:35 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
15 April 2009

Roof Fire Blanket??

Roof Fire Blanket??

Hi All, i haven't seen this requirement on any normal boundary setbacks in WA, where i have experienced it is in buildings that r built on the…

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Pat the draftie
Apr 15, 2009 9:38 am
Pat the draftie
Guest
16 April 2009

owner builder construction guarantee

owner builder construction guarantee

Hi ms lotus i think we have two problems here abvious as they may seem 1.Some hair line cracks in verious places over the render an some in the concrete 2. Moisture…

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Guest
Apr 16, 2009 9:30 pm
catch
catch
17 April 2009

perth secret harbour

perth secret harbour

well, builder quote me $500k not inc. tiles, painting, carpet & window treatment. The quote so far i got from the tradesmen and material come to…

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catch
Apr 17, 2009 8:09 pm
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James Bond
Apr 19, 2009 10:53 am
James Bond
gettingThere
gettingThere
19 April 2009

Anyone done their own structural steel?

Anyone done their own structural steel?

Thanks for your reply :) Did you end up saving a lot of money in the end? Where did you get your steel from and did you install it yourself?

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gettingThere
Apr 19, 2009 8:48 pm
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gettingThere
Apr 19, 2009 8:59 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
19 April 2009

Prefab Wall Frames

Prefab Wall Frames

Timber frame, right?

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gettingThere
Apr 19, 2009 9:53 pm
ownerbuilderromsey
ownerbuilderromsey
20 April 2009

$5k limit - What's the point being owner-builder??

$5k limit - What's the point being owner-builder??

Thanks Charlie, I'm in Vic too. I've just emailed our OB insurance company to ask them what their requirements are for Home Warranty Insurance, will post once I have an…

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ownerbuilderromsey
Apr 20, 2009 12:06 am
ownerbuilderromsey
ownerbuilderromsey
ownerbuilderromsey
20 April 2009

Insurance for the Building/House

Insurance for the Building/House

We went through www.buildersbroker.com.au, (The Builders Insurance Broker). Total cost insured $540k, cost $2,132. Hope this helps Regards Mel

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ownerbuilderromsey
Apr 20, 2009 1:14 am
ownerbuilderromsey
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
20 April 2009

Engineering/Drafting

Engineering/Drafting

I am having very little luck as the ones that i have contacted have not bothered to return my calls or the ones that have are only willing to…

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Pat the draftie
Apr 20, 2009 10:34 am
Pat the draftie
Draconis
Draconis
21 April 2009

Legislation For QLD RE: Solar Panels & Bio Cycle

Legislation For QLD RE: Solar Panels & Bio Cycle

All new houses have to either have solar or gas hotwater systems. Not sure about the septic systems for new houses (I think it's only required for places that don't have…

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Draconis
Apr 21, 2009 12:37 pm
Draconis
Littlemoscow
Littlemoscow
21 April 2009

How much do you have to pay for decent tiles?

How much do you have to pay for decent tiles?

we bought Chinese porcelain tiles and they are beautiful. I don't see any difference between those we bought and the Italian ones. Italian tiles similar to ours (600x600…

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Littlemoscow
Apr 21, 2009 1:01 pm
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gettingThere
Apr 22, 2009 9:08 pm
chuth77
chuth77
23 April 2009

Beam size

Beam size

Surely this beam would have been detailed in the structural drawings required for council approval of the extension?

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chuth77
Apr 23, 2009 6:47 pm
James Bond
James Bond
24 April 2009

Cladding dilemma

Cladding dilemma

Hi there, We are at the stage of ordering our frames for what we consider to be a fairly large extenson, two bedroom, two bathroom downstairs…

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James Bond
Apr 24, 2009 1:15 pm
James Bond
loretta
loretta
25 April 2009

owner builder course

owner builder course

So we ended up going for the HO course - mostly because it was cheap. Materials were ok but the lack of proper grammar and words missing annoyed me!! :n: We then promptly…

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loretta
Apr 25, 2009 3:33 pm
loretta
loretta
loretta
25 April 2009

finance for owner builders

finance for owner builders

no, i wouldn't ask that of them. but i think we should be ok. we have substantial savings. unfortunately we also have champagne taste!!

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loretta
Apr 25, 2009 6:13 pm
loretta


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