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qebtel
Oct 02, 2015 12:58 pm
stuka
stuka
30 September 2015

Typical Hours To Expect On Site for Project Manager

Typical 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
JB1
27 September 2015

Thoughts on owner building around the gold coast

Thoughts 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
ozmatilda
24 September 2015

OB Build

OB 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
ozmatilda
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
18 September 2015

Price for plumbing-new house

Price 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
SaveH2O
bobbylove_1
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
dbenz
10 September 2015

concrete formwork

concrete formwork

It will be fine don't worry.

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:37 pm
dbenz
dbenz
10 September 2015

Advice for Owner Builder Finance

Advice 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
Room2Breathe
27 August 2015

Hill House - far south coast

Hill 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
rand_mark
27 August 2015

Building a kit home?? Storybook designer kit homes

Building 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
jbdave
24 August 2015

Basement drainage requirement in Victoria

Basement 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
bpratt
23 August 2015

Owner building in Jimboomba

Owner 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
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
jamesbp
6 August 2015

Roof Plumbing Compliance

Roof 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
Joynz
3 August 2015

How to get an ABN

How 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
qebtel
3 August 2015

Living in a caravan on site - Perth WA

Living 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
kao7ik
29 July 2015

New roof installation owner builder project

New 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
Alan62
24 July 2015

Steel & timber staircase

Steel & 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
hychong123
21 July 2015

Storm water discharge point

Storm 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
goody59
20 July 2015

landscaping

landscaping

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
goody59
chalky
chalky
19 July 2015

Brickies Perth Hills

Brickies 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
LyndaW
15 July 2015

First Home owner OB

First 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
LyndaW
LyndaW
LyndaW
12 July 2015

Building 101

Building 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
LyndaW
AussieMark
AussieMark
12 July 2015

Siteworks

Siteworks

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
tigerz
10 July 2015

Cost of building house

Cost 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
StructuralBIMGuy
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
StructuralBIMGuy
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Dream_Catchers
Jun 26, 2015 11:45 pm
Dream_Catchers
BlueLion
BlueLion
25 June 2015

Any1 built in CRAIGIEBURN? Owner builder that is

Any1 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
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
wct14
wct14
21 June 2015

Polystyrene Wall Thickness and Material Recommendations

Polystyrene Wall Thickness and Material Recommendations
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thanks Stewie - that gives me the info I need to discuss with builder.. much appreciated

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wct14
Jun 21, 2015 3:38 pm
rocksteady
rocksteady
20 June 2015

Shipping Container Build

Shipping Container Build
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If You need Retaining Walls, Water Tanks & Garden Beds Check out Our Products below; Retaining walls and front fences that…

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rocksteady
Jun 20, 2015 5:24 pm
rocksteady

eligibility to work on sub/planning permit project?

eligibility to work on sub/planning permit project?

Thanks Stewie. I am in Victoria and hope different rule applies....think better call VBA for clarification tomorrow.

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too young too simple
Jun 10, 2015 4:30 pm
Joker
Joker
1 June 2015

Labour costs

Labour costs

Do any job that looks as good as a tradies work, too much obvious non high quality work will be obvious, digging, , deliverys; painting if your game; and getting lower…

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Joker
Jun 01, 2015 2:07 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 May 2015

Brick layer Costs and Fees

Brick layer Costs and Fees

I have to agree 33amc. On the Northern Beaches with house prices going nuts there is obviously a glut of reno work and additions for local builders. Some of the guys I've…

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Stewie D
May 28, 2015 9:12 am
fekish
fekish
21 May 2015

Installing wooden beams at pergola

Installing wooden beams at pergola

Hello, we have a veranda that it is in shape 4m x 5m. We have already the structure, i.e. there is a concrete build at the top already around the perimeter of the…

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fekish
May 21, 2015 4:57 pm
fekish
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
14 May 2015

Draftsperon recommendations - Perth WA

Draftsperon recommendations - Perth WA

Shouldnt be too difficult if designed correctly. For…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 14, 2015 8:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
akapacker
akapacker
7 May 2015

Ace Gutters Colour Chart

Ace Gutters Colour Chart

Sorry, I called up Ace Gutters, and they do have the equivalent Colorbond Colours. It is monolith.

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akapacker
May 07, 2015 12:38 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 May 2015

Who and how is a slab laid

Who and how is a slab laid

Previously in NSW all you needed was a reference from a licensed builder or concreter to say you had more than 1 year of experience in the…

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bashworth
May 01, 2015 6:07 pm
bashworth
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
29 April 2015

Guide me in the right direction

Guide me in the right direction

Beetaloo and BStar have nailed it - you need to be on site most of the time, even if it's just to keep an eye on contractors. There were many occasions during our build…

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lynny-jane
Apr 29, 2015 11:18 am
lynny-jane
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
25 April 2015

Steel frame or wood frame roof truss cost

Steel frame or wood frame roof truss cost

On my build, the supply cost of the roof trusses (timber) was insignificant in the overall build cost. i.e. $20/m2. I would choose the type of roof truss that best suits…

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Beetaloo
Apr 25, 2015 6:53 pm
Beetaloo

Hi Heather, I have just about finished laying 180sqm of WA Jarrah and I first used wing tips but then just used normal screws without the wing tips as the price difference…

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barkersontheblock
Apr 21, 2015 2:04 am
Quenda
Quenda
14 April 2015

Oregon or pine for structural timber

Oregon or pine for structural timber

We had a house built using Oregon, the exposed timber rotted. Can't tell you if the actual frame did or not, the bit we saw after it had been up for around 20 years was…

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Quenda
Apr 14, 2015 1:30 pm
mixo
mixo
10 April 2015

Electrical gadgets wishlist required

Electrical gadgets wishlist required

I am going to lay out 360 mtr + of cat 6 around the house. I am going to lay out 260 mtr of quad shield coax around the house.one for normal tv and one for sat(not…

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mixo
Apr 10, 2015 12:16 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
3 April 2015

Help please

Help please

Hi anz_kit Save yourself some money , hire a local engineer, the building inspector will only refer you to an engineer, and of course there is the issue of builders…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 03, 2015 9:17 am
StructuralBIMGuy
snowy stockman
snowy stockman
25 March 2015

Trade Discounts and ABN

Trade Discounts and ABN

Hi Bretto. We don't have a big box moving hardware store where we live or even one close by that made it economical to have goods shipped in. We worked with local…

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snowy stockman
Mar 25, 2015 5:29 pm
akapacker
akapacker
22 March 2015

Gutters, Fascia and Gables

Gutters, Fascia and Gables

Hi 33amc, THANKS! That is exactly what I wanted to know. I won't be using timber fascia, since I don't want to do the maintenance. And with the brackets, then I don't need…

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akapacker
Mar 22, 2015 9:09 pm
33amc
33amc
21 March 2015

Sealing Yellow Tongue from the weather

Sealing Yellow Tongue from the weather

Yes, there are some decent metal screws out there that really carve through decent metal. I'm not an OB, I'm a Builder with a genuine interest in the building industry…

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33amc
Mar 21, 2015 7:49 pm
chippy
chippy
20 March 2015

cabinet maker constantly cancelling

cabinet maker constantly cancelling
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Hi qebetl. Problem is, as a business owner, you have far more chance of a client not paying than a business going broke. I would never build a kitchen for a client without…

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chippy
Mar 20, 2015 4:31 pm
chippy
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 March 2015

Building house by OWN ----

Building house by OWN ----

Do a search on these forums under the OB heading and you will find quite a few threads where other people have asked this same question. Basically if you have no building…

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Stewie D
Mar 20, 2015 7:53 am
kasra nedlands
kasra nedlands
13 March 2015

demolition of sleep out

demolition of sleep out

Hi everyone, Can anyone in Perth recommend a demolition crew they have used. Our OB renovation/addition requires then removal of the sleep out and 2 other brick walls.…

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kasra nedlands
Mar 13, 2015 10:42 pm
kasra nedlands


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