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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
1, 2

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
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 March 2015

Building a granny flat

Building a granny flat

Look into all your council regs regarding a granny flat before you go any further. Some encourage them, some reluctantly agree to them and others actively discourage the…

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Stewie D
Mar 13, 2015 8:21 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
1 March 2015

Anyone purchased timber flooring direct from the mill?

Anyone purchased timber flooring direct from the mill?

Hey Trixee I purchased some jarrah tongue and groove from a mill down south which I found to be better than what all the flooring places in Perth where trying to sell me…

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barkersontheblock
Mar 01, 2015 1:26 am

I had dreams about building out of cob on our acreage just because we could. Never have gotten around to it but it was going to be a tiny house with a half turf roof :)

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yvonneh
Feb 24, 2015 9:16 am
akapacker
akapacker
23 February 2015

Window and Door Wrap for waterproofing

Window and Door Wrap for waterproofing

Thanks Stewie. All makes sense. I was going to get a rebate put into the slab for the doors, so I could avoid a step to the inside floor covering, but the sill is only…

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akapacker
Feb 23, 2015 9:39 pm
akapacker
akapacker
21 February 2015

Condensation and Vapour Permeable/Impermeable Membranes

Condensation and Vapour Permeable/Impermeable Membranes

Probably best to read the document, because it depends on your location and climate conditions. Recommendations are very different for tropical vs temperate regions.

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akapacker
Feb 21, 2015 7:11 am
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tlblhayward
Feb 16, 2015 11:50 pm
tlblhayward
docker_rob
docker_rob
16 February 2015

Where does the definition of a renovation stop?

Where does the definition of a renovation stop?

Thanks for that detailed response Rob. Congrats on your reno/build btw. House looks awesome. I'm in a situation where we are looking to split…

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docker_rob
Feb 16, 2015 11:57 am
docker_rob
33amc
33amc
14 February 2015

How do steel beam works?

How do steel beam works?

Hey everybody, I am first time owner builder, and i am building a duplex in sydney. I have some steel beams going from left to right of each…

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33amc
Feb 14, 2015 12:41 pm
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


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