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ELL
ELL
12 February 2015

Do I need any special owner-builder permit for a workshop?

Do I need any special owner-builder permit for a workshop?

Hi Richard, In Vic you need to be an owner builder for any domestic building works with a cost of works of $12,000(ie labor and materials at commercial prices.....no I'm…

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ELL
Feb 12, 2015 9:05 pm
home_renovator
home_renovator
11 February 2015

Drafting services perth

Drafting services perth

I have used Approvals by Design before very happy with their service and approach to my project, a good price too! Luke helped me and was very patient with my many…

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home_renovator
Feb 11, 2015 4:27 pm
akapacker
akapacker
2 February 2015

How to choose a brickie

How to choose a brickie

Hi everyone, I'm about to choose a brickie, and was wondering what to look for in workmanship? I'm going to meet them and see their work - is there anything specific I…

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akapacker
Feb 02, 2015 6:40 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 January 2015

unitex

unitex

They do a complete system with insulated panels that are fixed to the external face of the timber frame and then acrylic Render on top. The…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 30, 2015 10:32 am
StructuralBIMGuy
builder777
builder777
29 January 2015

Post construction site clean up

Post construction site clean up

Got 1.5 tonne bulk bags from http://bulkbags.com.au. It will do the job - thanks for replies everyone.

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builder777
Jan 29, 2015 2:50 pm
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
24 January 2015

Owner builder neighbour

Owner builder neighbour

One word ... write to Council ... :) He has to build it a certain distance from the fence line - in many states a wall is not a fence. He also…

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RedHotMike
Jan 24, 2015 4:11 pm
gav89z
gav89z
17 January 2015

BASIX Checklist -Ventilation

BASIX Checklist -Ventilation

G'day all, Just about to head into OC with the council, however doing pre checks and realised these two requirements; The applicant must install the following exhaust…

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gav89z
Jan 17, 2015 7:31 pm
fredandwilma
fredandwilma
8 January 2015

Footings disaster

Footings disaster

I doubt that a disclaimer on a drawing is enough to absolve a surveyor of his professional obligation to do his job properly. If it were me I would have it rectified and…

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fredandwilma
Jan 08, 2015 2:19 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
1 January 2015

Frame construction on concrete slab for 4x5m BV shed

Frame construction on concrete slab for 4x5m BV shed

most posters seem to end with an under size slab!! , so you have done alright there. 30 mm is really only 15 mm per side (wall), which is an extra air gap providing…

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wobbly1
Jan 01, 2015 3:30 am
greenify
greenify
26 December 2014

Greenify Consulting - a huge thank you and recommendation!

Greenify Consulting - a huge thank you and recommendation!

Hi Nectar, Congratulations on your achievement and thanks for your recommendation. The real hero here is YOU as you have proved that taking a risk and knowing your…

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greenify
Dec 26, 2014 7:02 pm
qebtel
qebtel
24 December 2014

Owner builder seeking services of a project manager

Owner builder seeking services of a project manager

We're looking into the idea of owner building but looking to engage the services and expertise of a project manager to oversee and ensure the…

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qebtel
Dec 24, 2014 3:33 pm
Nikita
Nikita
14 December 2014

Designing our forever home

Designing our forever home

@ aussieta - thanks for that link, definitely lots of into in there, I will be sure to sit down with hubby and go through it all! @ jodge - it sure is a great feeling…

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Nikita
Dec 13, 2014 11:57 pm
Nikita
bpratt
bpratt
2 December 2014

Roof Tiles or Colour bond sheets

Roof Tiles or Colour bond sheets

I prefer colourbond roof myself, but you might prefer tiled... the only thing I can suggest is that you consider a lighter coloured roof than the current on-trend dark colours.

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bpratt
Dec 02, 2014 8:47 pm
Teflon69
Teflon69
24 November 2014

Which Termite barrier?

Which Termite barrier?

Lenny171, just a few questions - are you looking at a totally new home or adding to an existing one? If we are looking at an extension or renovation then you really need…

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Teflon69
Nov 24, 2014 10:57 pm
Teflon69
insider
insider
22 November 2014

Dispersive Soils

Dispersive Soils

Ask the soil testing company to do a dispersion test on the soil, it should be relatively cheap

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insider
Nov 22, 2014 10:49 pm
Lorri
Lorri
18 November 2014

Interpreting the Standard -- Bushfire Prone Areas

Interpreting the Standard -- Bushfire Prone Areas

How did you go with finding out the BAL rating with this James, I'm no help. :)

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Lorri
Nov 18, 2014 7:57 am
Lorri
Highlander
Highlander
18 November 2014

Taubmans Endure 3 Coat

Taubmans Endure 3 Coat

Low sheen is the go, Taubmans touches up fine, it's the cheap low sheens that give you dramas. I only use matte on damaged/uneven surfaces as it hides imperfections well,…

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Highlander
Nov 18, 2014 7:05 am
Highlander
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 November 2014

What can do in a Owner build house

What can do in a Owner build house

I had a comment from a couple of people how tidy our building site is, as I've always been there picking up the rubbish and where possible put in the…

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Stewie D
Nov 17, 2014 11:07 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 November 2014

Need help with lentil positioning and size in frame opening

Need help with lentil positioning and size in frame opening

I'd say they have just provided you the lintels in rough lengths so you can cut them on site. Common lengths for timber are 1800, 2100, 2400, 2700, 3000mm etc which is how…

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Stewie D
Nov 16, 2014 1:22 pm
zeeshanzaki
zeeshanzaki
12 November 2014

Drivway gradient

Drivway gradient

Thank you for your reply. I figured out if I continue driveway at its current gradient and move the garage at rear keeping distance of 3m from the retaining wall (at…

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zeeshanzaki
Nov 12, 2014 6:13 pm
zartoop
zartoop
8 November 2014

Registered Building Works Supervisor

Registered Building Works Supervisor

I need a Registered Building Work Supervisor for a 50m2 residential single story extension by me as an owner builder. This is in SA. Can anyone suggest a good supervisor…

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zartoop
Nov 08, 2014 5:06 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 October 2014

Architect or draftsman

Architect or draftsman

If you know what you want then a competent draftie is what you need . They may be able to make some suggestions as well. Here's a few threads on this subject...

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Stewie D
Oct 31, 2014 5:32 pm
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mossydots
Oct 31, 2014 5:28 pm
Wonkywalker
Wonkywalker
30 October 2014

Perth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build Journey

Perth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build Journey
1, 2, 3, 4

Love your ensuite design and colours - the stepped bath is gorgeous!

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Wonkywalker
Oct 30, 2014 5:03 pm
Wonkywalker
smucci
smucci
28 October 2014

prefabricated walling panels

prefabricated walling panels

2 renderers and their father just built a 30sqm single home, lock up stage within 3 weeks using Polystat Panel(fully insulated, load bearing completely finished render…

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smucci
Oct 28, 2014 3:16 pm
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jamesbp
Oct 24, 2014 9:45 am
kavehman
kavehman
23 October 2014

Render help to go with Boral Brahman Granite Brick

Render help to go with Boral Brahman Granite Brick

A shudder just went down my spine. Black window frames !!! Personally not a fan. Best piece of advice I would give is grab the list of homes from austral of people that…

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kavehman
Oct 23, 2014 7:43 pm
chalky
chalky
22 October 2014

Electronic Spreadsheets

Electronic Spreadsheets

Thankyou for your suggestions. I was hoping someone had set up an EXCEL spreadsheet so as to save time. ;0)

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chalky
Oct 22, 2014 10:55 pm
aloenyx
aloenyx
19 October 2014

Building stage inspections, will you spend the money or not?

Building stage inspections, will you spend the money or not?

I think your right :D. I originally had found a company online and they had a fancy website, the person on the phone was nice enough and the pricing was pretty good so I…

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aloenyx
Oct 19, 2014 5:04 pm
aloenyx
mgilla
mgilla
17 October 2014

DIY internal plastering

DIY internal plastering

Would definitely use a bagged render product. Shop round there's a few different ones available, the bigger paint suppliers have one as well as bunnings. Look on youtube…

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mgilla
Oct 17, 2014 8:09 pm
qebtel
qebtel
15 October 2014

electricity connection costs

electricity connection costs

My 40m run cost $1700. this included bobcat to cut the trench, installation of switchboard to house (which already had all wiring in place in the frame), and connection…

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qebtel
Oct 15, 2014 12:20 pm
BUTCH9980
BUTCH9980
9 October 2014

Any ICF Owner Builders Here?

Any ICF Owner Builders Here?

You will not be un-happy with an ICF home. You will find it warm in winter and cool in summer. Cost wise, the savings will be around 10% on a DIY brick and stick build.…

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BUTCH9980
Oct 09, 2014 10:56 am
marioklepo
marioklepo
5 October 2014

just settled...new OB project

just settled...new OB project

Hiya OB's Just settled on an old Federation house and have considered doing my 8th renovation/extension project. But NO. I'm going to demolish. My first. And build from…

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marioklepo
Oct 05, 2014 10:13 pm
enaj80
enaj80
3 October 2014

OB in Perth

OB in Perth
1, 2

Hi great pics so far, I bet it's changed a lot now though. We are owner building in perth too, although we have just hit the two yr mark after first slab down ! And still…

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enaj80
Oct 03, 2014 8:13 pm
AJB
AJB
3 October 2014

Sloping block build in rural Victoria - Question

Sloping block build in rural Victoria - Question
1, 2

Thanks bigblock and tlblhayward. Our soil test has been completed and I am now in the process of completing a Septic tank permit application. We are waiting for…

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AJB
Oct 03, 2014 5:09 pm
AJB

Great investment! Mr TC loves his cement mixer. Says he's got no reservations in doing another slab. He's got a Quaker's Barn to erect next :roll: I think I should just…

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TomCat
Sep 30, 2014 8:49 pm
TomCat
TomCat
TomCat
29 September 2014

OB for a new shed

OB for a new shed

That's amazing Beetaloo ... that is dedication :D

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TomCat
Sep 29, 2014 10:12 pm
TomCat
qebtel
qebtel
29 September 2014

Building - Type of Slabs

Building - Type of Slabs

Not sure why they have gone for deepened edge beam rather than bored piers.What about the middle of the slab it will be on presumably…

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qebtel
Sep 29, 2014 1:30 pm
qebtel
qebtel
29 September 2014

Contracts

Contracts

Hi Alan62, Instead of using a formal contract, can't you just put down in writing the specs of the job and take their written reply confirming…

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qebtel
Sep 29, 2014 1:16 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 September 2014

New OB build in Stirling WA

New OB build in Stirling WA
1, 2

We stockpile...its more to do with logistics and cheap material I would think?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 25, 2014 8:18 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Bamboo King
Bamboo King
22 September 2014

Bamboo floor boards

Bamboo floor boards

thanks mgilla, that's what I am trying to find out.. I am trying to find out if the scotia will act as a substitutef for skirting board? I do note…

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Bamboo King
Sep 22, 2014 9:23 pm
B STAR
B STAR
17 September 2014

Approximate Plastering Cost in Melbourne

Approximate Plastering Cost in Melbourne

I think you are looking at around $18-20K maybe a little more. When you have calculated the wall areas did you minus the windows?? I still think they need to be…

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B STAR
Sep 17, 2014 1:12 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
10 September 2014

What is required to become a successful home owner builder?

What is required to become a successful home owner builder?

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

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wobbly1
Sep 10, 2014 3:17 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
10 September 2014

LPG gas installation requirements

LPG gas installation requirements

I have read somewhere that when the gas plunder fits the system they will install pretty close to first appliance as to save on copper pipe.

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barkersontheblock
Sep 10, 2014 1:49 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
10 September 2014

Marking out footings for a pole home on a sloping block

Marking out footings for a pole home on a sloping block

Hey Paul, Best get someone in to clear and level out you lumpy bits my block was the same as it sloped in two directions and I started with one corner and worked from…

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barkersontheblock
Sep 10, 2014 1:35 am
AKB
AKB
10 September 2014

Plumbing - hotand cold water distribution

Plumbing - hotand cold water distribution

We are in WA also on water from our water tank via a PT our plumber set up a mains ring for us as well - can't tell you how well it weeks yet because we are probably about…

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AKB
Sep 10, 2014 1:06 am
AKB
jamesbp
jamesbp
9 September 2014

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance

I called AOBIS today, and it seems they do not sell the insurance directly to Owner builders and they referred me to FDBeck and Buildsafe to get the insurance. Anyone get…

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jamesbp
Sep 09, 2014 10:04 pm
jamesbp
jamesbp
9 September 2014

Registered Tradies for Owner Builder Home?

Registered Tradies for Owner Builder Home?

Hi guys, I was reading through my Consent to Build (Victoria) by the Victorian Building Authority, and it says that for any works above $5000 I have to use registered…

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jamesbp
Sep 09, 2014 10:03 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 August 2014

A shack in Tassie -- tight budget -- assessing viability

A shack in Tassie -- tight budget -- assessing viability
1, 2, 3

I have seen photos of a weatherboard clad house where they took the reconstituted stone cladding from ground level up to about 1 meter above floor level (a little above…

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Beetaloo
Aug 27, 2014 1:35 pm
Beetaloo


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