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chuth77
chuth77
4 January 2009

Do Licenced Carpenter's need a Owner builder licence?

Do Licenced Carpenter's need a Owner builder licence?

Best check with the BSA.... I think it will depend on what you want to do... What are the plans? Are they major structural mods? If it's more of a refurb, then you…

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chuth77
Jan 04, 2009 6:04 pm
T&V
T&V
5 January 2009

Building in a Deck (2 new rooms)

Building in a Deck (2 new rooms)

Hi always, i would find it very hard to attempt any assistance without seeing some plans. in WA even renovations/additions need building permits & plans. i'd suggest u see…

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T&V
Jan 05, 2009 12:34 am
builda
builda
9 January 2009

locating experienced Kitome / kit home builders

locating experienced Kitome / kit home builders

Can I ask if you have had any experience in engaging sub-contractors before? As a licensed builder for over 20 years, there are a few rules that need to be followed…

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builda
Jan 09, 2009 5:59 am
builda
kristofw
kristofw
12 January 2009

Things to look out for when doing the slab

Things to look out for when doing the slab

he said fine cracks were shrinkage cracks due to hotter days- when we looked closely we found all the cracks are in the biggest open areas where the floor…

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kristofw
Jan 12, 2009 9:15 am
kristofw
Rod1949
Rod1949
16 January 2009

Looking for OB in our area to share ideas

Looking for OB in our area to share ideas

I'm a nearly finished OB. When I was at the ready to pour the slab stage I was being quoted $60 per cubic metre laid (that labour only to screed off the slab on the day…

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Rod1949
Jan 16, 2009 2:29 pm
PattysArk
PattysArk
16 January 2009

New Decking and verandah planning. Some questions

New Decking and verandah planning. Some questions

Thanks for the info Chuth! This definitely clears up some questions regarding bearers and joists. I certainly will remember to continue the posts up for the verandah.…

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PattysArk
Jan 16, 2009 2:32 pm
BuildingACT
BuildingACT
17 January 2009

Pre-slab checklist - ADVICE PLEASE!!

Pre-slab checklist - ADVICE PLEASE!!

Hey guys Thanks for the replies! :) HellDad: thanks for the the reminder about the island sink!! We are having both our sink and cooktop…

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BuildingACT
Jan 17, 2009 10:15 am
kristofw
kristofw
18 January 2009

Chippies in the West ???

Chippies in the West ???

Ruth, have you tried driving around housing estates Thanks, I'll give it a shot. The only problem is that in Perth framed houses are as…

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kristofw
Jan 18, 2009 8:57 am
kristofw
hunts01
hunts01
20 January 2009

Have I forgotten very much in my plan?

Have I forgotten very much in my plan?

plumber to tap your water, off the top of my head as well as organise temp fencing / toilet etc. Good to see you are on the way our plans are nearly done and ended up…

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hunts01
Jan 20, 2009 7:57 pm
builda
builda
20 January 2009

Carpenter or product seller to install?

Carpenter or product seller to install?

When in doubt, get some quotes to fix the rates down but as stated earlier you must specify exactly what you want done. While this can be a challenge, it is not half as…

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builda
Jan 20, 2009 8:50 pm
builda
builda
builda
20 January 2009

YES or NO?

YES or NO?

Hammerhead, this is a typical construction management type arrangement where the builder actually runs the job for the owner who has registered as an owner…

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builda
Jan 20, 2009 9:09 pm
builda
orange
orange
22 January 2009

Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, Roofer - All in one?

Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, Roofer - All in one?

Yes, thanks for you response, I too thought it was a good idea, but wasn't sure. I think it is a good idea because: Workflow would run more smoothly from one step…

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orange
Jan 22, 2009 10:28 am
Chris P
Chris P
22 January 2009

Raising & Restumping

Raising & Restumping

Thanks for the replies. The house is a 3 bedroom with an extension across the back end with another living area and bathroom. Also have a small deck on the front. We…

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Chris P
Jan 22, 2009 1:24 pm
donuts
donuts
23 January 2009

Beware of Verandah posts!

Beware of Verandah posts!

that i have bingoshelley! :oops: :lol:

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donuts
Jan 23, 2009 5:54 am
donuts
James Bond
James Bond
27 January 2009

Will this owner builder process work?

Will this owner builder process work?

We will be on steel stumps 80cm up, a steel frame and poly cladding and about the same size…

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James Bond
Jan 27, 2009 1:29 pm
James Bond
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


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