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Keffufal
Keffufal
28 April 2016

My Owner Build

My Owner Build
1, 2

Love watching your progress, how long has it been since you started? Also I was wondering if you had previous experience with tiling etc. as I am thinking it looks a bit…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 1:30 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
Keffufal
27 April 2016

Grey Water

Grey Water

Yes my council was the same, with our greywater going from our caravan into a greasetrap and then into a gravel-filled trench.

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Keffufal
Apr 27, 2016 9:32 pm
Keffufal
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
25 April 2016

Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Have you considered something that is portable? Like a tiny home on skids or trailer?

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Bigblock7
Apr 25, 2016 6:57 pm
Bigblock7
Joker
Joker
20 April 2016

excavation and retaining wall approximate costs

excavation and retaining wall approximate costs

My retaining wall 22 metres across 2.1 metres high, then turns at both ends of block starting 2.1 metres high and ending one foot high 10 metres later for both sides of…

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Joker
Apr 20, 2016 10:43 pm
BooY
BooY
16 April 2016

How May lights ?

How May lights ?

How many is completely dependent on the area usage and type of lights you want to you. a standard bedroom for eg, could be 1x batten holder or 1x high output LED Downlgiht…

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BooY
Apr 16, 2016 5:49 pm
BooY
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
14 April 2016

External deck joist hanger nails

External deck joist hanger nails

Thanks Beetaloo - I've been trying to find Pryda fastening tables to no avail. Can you direct me?

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waxinggibbous
Apr 14, 2016 9:58 pm
waxinggibbous
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 April 2016

certifiers

certifiers

Some more info in the same vein... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 13, 2016 2:28 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
11 April 2016

pre fab truss and frame v chippy

pre fab truss and frame v chippy

I bought pack lots of H2 timber studs (each pack is roughly +200 off 6m H2 studs) and I cut each stud, wall plate & noggin to length on site. The supply cost for the…

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Beetaloo
Apr 11, 2016 8:12 pm
Beetaloo
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 April 2016

Which local Council is right?

Which local Council is right?

All that is Ok for small works where the difference in council fees for a job at $10,000 that someone basically works out at labour only and is only slightly smaller in…

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2016 9:57 am
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
29 March 2016

What I can and can't do legally as an OB

What I can and can't do legally as an OB

We are in Victoria and we could build our own retaining wall. We had plans and engineering done. It had to be inspected at certain stages, footings and completion from memory.

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HomeAngels
Mar 29, 2016 9:09 pm
HomeAngels
kim2
kim2
26 March 2016

structural engineering drawing interpreting

structural engineering drawing interpreting

I am looking for information on interpreting my engineers drawings ie the acronyms and terminology. I find draftsman concepts or WD's and engineers civils quite straight…

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kim2
Mar 26, 2016 9:10 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 March 2016

Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Some of the costs sure moa but for the rest you are wrong unless you are building from a cookie cutter design. Our council won't process a DA unless it is all to AHD and a…

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Stewie D
Mar 26, 2016 9:01 am
tezzab
tezzab
24 March 2016

Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Haha how funny! Rob & Mick have recently done some work in our outdoor area and are fantastic! Rob is a friend and they will hopefully be doing most of the chippy work but…

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tezzab
Mar 24, 2016 6:18 pm
tezzab
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 March 2016

How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

We looked at Zego as an alternative to Besser blocks for our lower storey after a client told me that they had considered it for their build. I still get emails from the…

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Stewie D
Mar 16, 2016 7:49 am
mausam80
mausam80
11 March 2016

ground digging

ground digging

No idea mate, again it would depend on a lot of factors ( site access, etc... ) best to contact a few people and get multiple quotes

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mausam80
Mar 11, 2016 10:46 am
Hyne Timber
Hyne Timber
10 March 2016

Treated timber or F8 Oregon

Treated timber or F8 Oregon

The Oregon would not be termite resistant and is also a visually graded timber grade. Treated timber will be termite resistant for your peace of mind and will be machine…

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Hyne Timber
Mar 10, 2016 2:19 pm
Hyne Timber
radiuz
radiuz
8 March 2016

Owner Build Electrician referral

Owner Build Electrician referral

For those of you looking for a reliable registered electrician in the Bayside Frankson area can highly recommend Andre from Sparky Boys. He took the time to make sure our…

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radiuz
Mar 08, 2016 7:22 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 March 2016

Structural Engineering and Energy Assess - Perth

Structural Engineering and Energy Assess - Perth

StructuralBimGuy is on these forums and in Perth. I'm sure he'd be able to help you. Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 02, 2016 5:10 pm
snowing
snowing
23 February 2016

Question for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?

Question for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?

Yes. It does. As fr as I know Schedule 19A is within 83AB (Statement of Compliance)

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snowing
Feb 23, 2016 4:47 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
21 February 2016

BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?

BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?
1, 2, 3

My advice is to get an all inclusive service that includes, design, simulations, engineering and all certificates.. ie, AS & NCC Code compliance, Energy, Structurals and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2016 10:10 am
StructuralBIMGuy
sam001
sam001
21 February 2016

residential earthworks Perth

residential earthworks Perth

professional earth moving.

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sam001
Feb 20, 2016 11:28 pm
hotshot
hotshot
16 February 2016

Render or eaves first?

Render or eaves first?

Eaves first! Why would you want to render first?

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hotshot
Feb 16, 2016 7:43 pm
efficient design
efficient design
13 February 2016

STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) Owner Builder friendly

STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) Owner Builder friendly

Superior Walls would like to introduce their MgO SIPS wall kitset system to the Owner Builder Forum:- www.superiorwall.com.au The advantages of SIPS to the OB are…

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efficient design
Feb 13, 2016 1:43 pm
efficient design
efficient design
13 February 2016

Structural insulated panel (SIP) supplier or designer in QLD

Structural insulated panel (SIP) supplier or designer in QLD

Hi gommeqld.....this is Superior Walls. www.superiorwalls.com.au Please send me an email with contact details to the above website. I don't believe I have received an…

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efficient design
Feb 13, 2016 1:19 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 February 2016

Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

Knowing which state you are in may help. No use someone in NSW giving you advice that may not be compliant in Qld for instance ( put it in your signature ). Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 13, 2016 11:42 am
qebtel
qebtel
12 February 2016

Issues with EZYhomes kit home

Issues with EZYhomes kit home

Thanks for posting. Shocking attitude from a company, clearly do not want accept any responsibility and clearly dont want repeat business. It is suicide. These issues…

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qebtel
Feb 12, 2016 2:45 pm
DOLLER
DOLLER
10 February 2016

Site level after cut and fill

Site level after cut and fill

It will depend on the condition of your soil- soil tests should give you the info you need. Any good earth moving contractor should be able to do what you want if you…

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DOLLER
Feb 10, 2016 1:31 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
7 February 2016

Cost of working drawings, etc in QLD

Cost of working drawings, etc in QLD

Thanks Booy that is helpful. I read your other thread on your build - congratulations. Looks like you have everything under control.

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gommeqld
Feb 07, 2016 7:28 pm
tezzab
tezzab
7 February 2016

New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.

New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.

A lot depends on how soon you want to do your framing, and how you plan to cure your slab. While commercial builders start within days, there are benefits in giving the…

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tezzab
Feb 07, 2016 6:58 pm
tezzab
qebtel
qebtel
20 January 2016

power connection to block

power connection to block
1, 2

Actually if you crunch the numbers correctly its 54 people per year over the 2009-2014 period. So growth rate of less than 2%, but growth none the less. 11, 42, ?…

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qebtel
Jan 20, 2016 2:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
14 January 2016

skillion roof

skillion roof

That depends if there is roof space. If ceiling is fixed to underside of roof frame then you can't do it. If there is space then you have to consider heat loss/gain and…

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building-expert
Jan 14, 2016 10:33 am
building-expert
building-expert
building-expert
10 January 2016

Pics of building Our Shipping Container Home

Pics of building Our Shipping Container Home

Great point! But if it is not a question of economics then it must be a question of taste and aesthetics or perhaps just breaking new ground with something…

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building-expert
Jan 10, 2016 5:52 pm
building-expert
Will_I_Am
Will_I_Am
9 January 2016

floor

floor

Slab. No constant thumping when you walk through the house or squeaks. Plus as Beetaloo has said its going to be better for thermal properties especially up here it gets…

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Will_I_Am
Jan 09, 2016 1:44 am
civarow
civarow
8 January 2016

Kitchen design help needed!

Kitchen design help needed!

".. Because we are owner builders we can move walls, add walls, move, add or delete windows, etc, etc... this is design heaven - go for your life. On the attachment you…

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civarow
Jan 08, 2016 8:45 pm
civarow
qebtel
qebtel
6 January 2016

permit

permit

Yes.

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qebtel
Jan 06, 2016 7:32 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
6 January 2016

wind rating

wind rating

Stegbar, the window manufacturer, www.stegbar.com.au has a fact sheet on their website which includes extracts from AS 4055 and has just about everything thing you need…

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Beetaloo
Jan 06, 2016 7:15 pm
Beetaloo
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 January 2016

certifier

certifier

Some info here... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 05, 2016 8:16 am
greenken
greenken
4 January 2016

kit home

kit home

Has anyone had any dealings with Garage Supermarket at Yandina qld. They can do me a livable kit home at a very good price

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greenken
Jan 04, 2016 2:51 pm
greenken
greenken
4 January 2016

owner builder insurance

owner builder insurance

Can anyone tell me where to get good cheap owner builder insurance for building in qld ...thanks

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greenken
Jan 04, 2016 2:33 pm
qebtel
qebtel
4 January 2016

Dual Occupancy vs Secondary dwelling?

Dual Occupancy vs Secondary dwelling?

A "dual occupancy" is actually whatever the town plan defines it as. The council drafts the town plan, and they also give your DA. But dont expect them to be helpful, let…

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qebtel
Jan 04, 2016 1:47 pm
judefer
judefer
4 January 2016

Macleay Island 7 Star

Macleay Island 7 Star

Thermal and acoustic qualities were considered. Another is that Hebel is completely water and weather resistant and I can slowly work on the framing upstairs without…

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judefer
Jan 04, 2016 9:56 am
oneJohn
oneJohn
4 January 2016

NSW Owner builder regulations????

NSW Owner builder regulations????

Ah, I recall the NSW OB course from many years ago. It was pretty much all and only about "don use an OB permit as just a means to get around the builder needing to get…

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oneJohn
Jan 04, 2016 9:18 am
oneJohn
manofaus
manofaus
12 December 2015

How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)

How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)

Download a copy of the BCA 2015. It is free. It will tell you what you need to design to. All you need to do is show the council how you came to select the materials you…

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manofaus
Dec 12, 2015 2:54 pm
manofaus
kiwiinmelbourne
kiwiinmelbourne
20 November 2015

Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

Highly recommend Graeme Bicknell and associates. They designed our last place. They were recommended to me by a builder we had hunted down after seeing his previous work.

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kiwiinmelbourne
Nov 20, 2015 12:25 pm
bpratt
bpratt
17 November 2015

Owner Builder licence time frame to complete works?

Owner Builder licence time frame to complete works?

I guess I'll just apply to OB the whole project and then decide whether or not to OB the house when I get to that point. Assuming I can do it…

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bpratt
Nov 17, 2015 10:03 am
jsm009
jsm009
10 November 2015

Frame inspection

Frame inspection

Gvb frame inspection usually happens after roof and brickwork is up

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jsm009
Nov 10, 2015 6:14 pm
qebtel
qebtel
6 November 2015

OB - Retaining wall leaking

OB - Retaining wall leaking

Pics and a more accurate explanations are required to get help.

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qebtel
Nov 06, 2015 7:26 pm
T&V
T&V
18 October 2015

Solid concrete blocks - HELP!

Solid concrete blocks - HELP!

Sorry. its a bit late and i'm a very "aged" member a miss a fair bit of the obvious, so have'nt worked out which state ur in, all that aside i know there is a concrete…

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T&V
Oct 18, 2015 11:12 am


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