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tezzab
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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
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qebtel
20 January 2016
power connection to blockpower connection to block
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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
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14 January 2016
skillion roofskillion 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
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building-expert
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10 January 2016
Pics of building Our Shipping Container HomePics 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
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Will_I_Am
9 January 2016
floorfloor

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
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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
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qebtel
6 January 2016
permitpermit

Yes.

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qebtel
Jan 06, 2016 7:32 pm
Beetaloo
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6 January 2016
wind ratingwind 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
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Stewie D
5 January 2016
certifiercertifier

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

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Stewie D
Jan 05, 2016 8:16 am
greenken
4 January 2016
kit homekit 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
4 January 2016
owner builder insuranceowner 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
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
4 January 2016
Macleay Island 7 StarMacleay 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
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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
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manofaus
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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
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kiwiinmelbourne
20 November 2015
Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern SuburbReccommend 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
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
10 November 2015
Frame inspectionFrame inspection

Gvb frame inspection usually happens after roof and brickwork is up

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jsm009
Nov 10, 2015 6:14 pm
qebtel
6 November 2015
OB - Retaining wall leakingOB - 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
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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qebtel
Oct 02, 2015 12:58 pm
stuka
30 September 2015
Typical Hours To Expect On Site for Project ManagerTypical Hours To Expect On Site for Project Manager

It depends on the way you employ the trades. Full contract price for each job or an hourly rate. Just note with an hourly rate tradies like to…

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stuka
Sep 30, 2015 9:03 pm
JB1
27 September 2015
Thoughts on owner building around the gold coastThoughts on owner building around the gold coast

Go and do it. Fortunately one every 3 years in Vic. I'll hopefully be doing my 2nd one sooner rather than later. Why wouldn't you work with family? If they are good…

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JB1
Sep 27, 2015 3:31 am
ozmatilda
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24 September 2015
OB BuildOB Build

Hi Rocksteady, Thats great you are getting closer to getting some plans organised. Can't help you much with the plumbing/electrical. Our son is an electrician so that…

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ozmatilda
Sep 24, 2015 8:22 am
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SaveH2O
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18 September 2015
Price for plumbing-new housePrice for plumbing-new house

Can someone enlighten me how plumbers do their quotes. I got quote for 15 000$ just end price no breakdown. It seems excessive for me.…

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SaveH2O
Sep 18, 2015 5:50 pm
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bobbylove_1
18 September 2015
Going from bad to worse, aggressive builder.Going from bad to worse, aggressive builder.

Thanks for the advice. We are in NSW. We are getting on with our lives and not dwelling on it too much. We are crossing our fingers that the NSW Fair Trading Inspector has…

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bobbylove_1
Sep 18, 2015 1:16 pm
dbenz
10 September 2015
concrete formworkconcrete formwork

It will be fine don't worry.

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:37 pm
dbenz
10 September 2015
Advice for Owner Builder FinanceAdvice for Owner Builder Finance

NAB can give you up to 80%. Westpac up to 60%. Brokers can find you more flexible lander but for higher - up to 10% interest. After completion you can refinance with one…

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:34 pm
Room2Breathe
27 August 2015
Hill House - far south coastHill House - far south coast
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Very slow progress but still moving ahead.... :|

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Room2Breathe
Aug 27, 2015 9:20 pm
rand_mark
27 August 2015
Building a kit home?? Storybook designer kit homesBuilding a kit home?? Storybook designer kit homes

Hi Lozza we met with Storybook homes about 8 years ago. Didn't really like there attitude wasn't open to any of our ideas and seemed way to arrogant for us. We end up…

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rand_mark
Aug 27, 2015 8:40 am
jbdave
24 August 2015
Basement drainage requirement in VictoriaBasement drainage requirement in Victoria

You say there is no discharge point in your property ? You can't use neighbour's land, and council have to provide you with a point of discharge. Or are you saying that…

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jbdave
Aug 24, 2015 11:51 am
bpratt
23 August 2015
Owner building in JimboombaOwner building in Jimboomba
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Retaining walls and front fences that store rain water - seems impossible doesn't…

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bpratt
Aug 23, 2015 11:20 am
OB_Dean
18 August 2015
Owner Builder Course Brisbane (Northside)Owner Builder Course Brisbane (Northside)

Thanks Qebtel, I have now enrolled for the Tafe on line course. All systems go!!

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OB_Dean
Aug 18, 2015 8:47 am
jamesbp
6 August 2015
Roof Plumbing ComplianceRoof Plumbing Compliance

Hi Guys, OB here, we just completed our build and have troubles contacting my roof plumber to provide a compliance certificate. We checked with VBA, and they have records…

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jamesbp
Aug 06, 2015 12:21 pm
Joynz
3 August 2015
How to get an ABNHow to get an ABN

Bunnings has a Powerpass card for ABN holders that gives approx 5% off a lot of products. I hear that they have something similar for owner builders - you need to show…

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Joynz
Aug 03, 2015 11:53 pm
qebtel
3 August 2015
Living in a caravan on site - Perth WALiving in a caravan on site - Perth WA

Agree with Beetaloo. Dont do anything to set off your neighbours and keep certain activities out of sight, and you should be right. Many councils have rules about living…

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qebtel
Aug 03, 2015 2:25 pm
kao7ik
29 July 2015
New roof installation owner builder projectNew roof installation owner builder project

Thanks all. Yes I've been looking at the monier tiles. Will be visiting the display centre to look at the flat style.

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kao7ik
Jul 29, 2015 9:29 pm
Alan62
24 July 2015
Steel & timber staircaseSteel & timber staircase

No he is in Bomaderry NSW. When designing your stairs you have to think about your floor covering, for example if you are having tiles, doing direct stick method, you need…

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Alan62
Jul 24, 2015 11:05 am
hychong123
21 July 2015
Storm water discharge pointStorm water discharge point

Hi Bashworth, thank you for the information. Contacted the council and looks like I need to have to connect to a legal point 2 properties away. They do not allow discharge…

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hychong123
Jul 21, 2015 4:20 pm
goody59
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20 July 2015
landscapinglandscaping

You will need a retaining wall built on your land. Don't try using the fence for retaining.

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goody59
Jul 20, 2015 1:58 pm
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chalky
19 July 2015
Brickies Perth HillsBrickies Perth Hills

Can anyone recommend quality brickies in Perth Hills. I'm in Parkerville.

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chalky
Jul 19, 2015 11:05 pm
LyndaW
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15 July 2015
First Home owner OBFirst Home owner OB

Hi Sam In Victoria, the Building Building Authority issues owner-builder permits: http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders The kit is very useful:

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LyndaW
Jul 15, 2015 8:15 pm
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LyndaW
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12 July 2015
Building 101Building 101

Thanks David, these are really good resources. I will share them around as well.

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LyndaW
Jul 12, 2015 2:39 pm
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AussieMark
12 July 2015
SiteworksSiteworks

Hi Mark I think these are the guys. http://www.perthearthmoving.com/ I have no connection to them but they were a lot cheaper than the next team. Cheers Mark

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AussieMark
Jul 12, 2015 11:35 am
tigerz
10 July 2015
Cost of building houseCost of building house

My last owner build project i did in sydney cost me $300,000 for a high spec finish. It was a single storey 39sqm total on a flat block of land with no rock or…

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tigerz
Jul 10, 2015 6:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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1 July 2015
Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?

You also might want to check with the Insurance Council of Aust They have a big say along with engineers australia, in setting standards.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 01, 2015 9:18 am
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Dream_Catchers
Jun 26, 2015 11:45 pm
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BlueLion
25 June 2015
Any1 built in CRAIGIEBURN? Owner builder that isAny1 built in CRAIGIEBURN? Owner builder that is

Hello friends, any Owner builder building with ICF? I am at the stage to decide wether I should build my house as owner builder or hire Carlisle as builder, I m looking to…

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BlueLion
Jun 25, 2015 10:26 pm
Freddybare
23 June 2015
Itemised costings list required ?Itemised costings list required ?
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Another part that the consumer just doesn't understand in relation to variations is that they are a recipe for disaster and mis communication. With…

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Freddybare
Jun 23, 2015 5:46 pm



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