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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 6:46 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 4:38 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 6:24 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 5:30 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 3:07 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 10:12 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 5:57 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 9:26 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 1:38 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 7:07 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 12:18 pm
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 7:53 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 3:04 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 2:30 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 1:16 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 10:17 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 6:29 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 10:09 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 8:49 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 5:31 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 8:53 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 11:42 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 9:21 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 2:26 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 10:16 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 10:39 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 8:11 am
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tlblhayward
Feb 17, 2015 12:50 am
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 12:57 pm
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 1:41 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 10:05 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 5:27 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 7:40 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 11:32 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 3:50 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 5:11 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 8:31 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 3:19 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 4:30 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 8:02 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 4:33 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 14, 2014 12:57 am
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 9:47 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 11:57 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 11:49 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 8:57 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 8:05 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 12:07 pm
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 2:22 pm


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