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gav89z
gav89z
16 August 2014

Gas fireplace + insulation

Gas fireplace + insulation

Ok thanks Stewie for the suggestion, will leave it in as it is. Thanks again.

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gav89z
Aug 16, 2014 11:14 am
tim-bo
tim-bo
13 August 2014

Registered building supervisor for owner builder project

Registered building supervisor for owner builder project

Thank you, JB1. Now I got at least one figure. When did you build (and paid)?

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tim-bo
Aug 13, 2014 9:25 pm
Alan62
Alan62
12 August 2014

Market value of building work

Market value of building work

Thanks everyone for the advice. I ended up using the same figure as used for the DA application, which has been approved, so the fun is about to begin.

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Alan62
Aug 12, 2014 9:07 am
trixee
trixee
10 August 2014

heated towel rails

heated towel rails

We're not using them, too expensive IMO. Plus they won't fit!

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trixee
Aug 10, 2014 5:12 pm
trixee
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 August 2014

Tiny Home On Foundations

Tiny Home On Foundations

Are you sure you are downloading the correct version of SU for your OS? IOS is for iPads and iPhones. OSX is for Mac computers. Are you running OS 10.5.8 on an Intel or…

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Stewie D
Aug 09, 2014 8:33 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
8 August 2014

Owner Builder - The Requirements

Owner Builder - The Requirements

The information you require can be found here. https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/building-or-renovating-your-home Also a…

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RuffTuff
Aug 08, 2014 5:59 am
RuffTuff
ChargerWA
ChargerWA
6 August 2014

Earthing water bond/water metre (PVC plumbing) is it reqrd?

Earthing water bond/water metre (PVC plumbing) is it reqrd?

I know I'm late to the party, but as a sparkie I will throw my 2c in. From the description in the first post, earthing is definitely not required. If the water pipe…

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ChargerWA
Aug 06, 2014 11:09 pm
ChargerWA
akapacker
akapacker
6 August 2014

Door specification - prehung and rough opening

Door specification - prehung and rough opening

Thanks everyone for the advice. Sounds like pre-hung doors are the go. I will definitely take a look at the doors again in the display homes. I only counted the number of…

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akapacker
Aug 06, 2014 10:55 pm
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
5 August 2014

builder owner vs professional builder

builder owner vs professional builder
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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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RedHotMike
Aug 05, 2014 9:18 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 July 2014

Critical stage inspection **Water proofing** Council

Critical stage inspection **Water proofing** Council

Yeah, there are other made to order wet area membranes made from clear pvc that go in before your sheeting but I think that sort is in the minority. Like these "April"…

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Stewie D
Jul 31, 2014 2:20 pm

more sub floor…

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wobbly1
Jul 26, 2014 2:01 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 July 2014

prefab wall frame installation questions

prefab wall frame installation questions
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Also pre-made frames tend to creep a bit in size even when made to the exact mm. Across a house where four or five butt up against each other it is not…

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Stewie D
Jul 23, 2014 11:44 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 July 2014

Frame Inspection **Council** Asking for certification?

Frame Inspection **Council** Asking for certification?

You probably could as long as you got a certificate from an engineer to say they pass both design and structural compliance. Where you'd fall down is that to nail them…

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Stewie D
Jul 18, 2014 9:02 pm
bpratt
bpratt
18 July 2014

Friends and relatives help for Home Owner Building

Friends and relatives help for Home Owner Building
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Not all of them perfect either, unlike all of your mates. Owner building I got cover for unpaid workers, because you never know if something is going to happen, and I…

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bpratt
Jul 18, 2014 2:16 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
17 July 2014

Long Service Levy calculated by Owner-Builder

Long Service Levy calculated by Owner-Builder

It seems to stupid to make up a number when it means nothing, so the upside is that I can make up any number I want, right? I was told that a similar build was $90,000…

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Keffufal
Jul 17, 2014 3:00 pm
Keffufal
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
17 July 2014

Joists , new too old ?

Joists , new too old ?

wobbly, AS1684.4 is a simplified version of AS1684.2 as AS1684.4 only applies to residential buildings within certain size constraints. It is a bit like AS1684 for…

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Beetaloo
Jul 17, 2014 9:10 am
Beetaloo
gav89z
gav89z
12 July 2014

metal barge & barge gutter? where is this usually required

metal barge & barge gutter? where is this usually required

great, thanks mgilla and stewie for your help.. just trying to be sure we've covered everything to ensure roof is water…

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gav89z
Jul 12, 2014 5:15 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 July 2014

Weekender by owner builder

Weekender by owner builder

Most of the info you are after is in other posts on this OB forum. Have a good read. Legally you can build as an OB but then if you sell it within 7 years YOU have to…

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Stewie D
Jul 12, 2014 12:18 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
11 July 2014

Bushfire Window Screens

Bushfire Window Screens

Ask one of the local RFS leaders. They're all ( mostly ) up on the regs. The councils defer to the fireys for the bushfire rules anyway. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jul 11, 2014 4:21 pm
bpratt
bpratt
9 July 2014

The journey begins...in Adelaide.

The journey begins...in Adelaide.

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

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bpratt
Jul 09, 2014 12:09 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
5 July 2014

Critical stage inspection- piers and fotings

Critical stage inspection- piers and fotings

All good the council letter showed up on the next tuesday 1/5/14.

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wobbly1
Jul 05, 2014 4:09 am
trixee
trixee
5 July 2014

Modernising an Old Girl - We won a Heritage Award!

Modernising an Old Girl - We won a Heritage Award!
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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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trixee
Jul 05, 2014 12:52 am
trixee
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trixee
Jul 05, 2014 12:48 am
trixee
ST13
ST13
3 July 2014

Filling a site behind retaining wall

Filling a site behind retaining wall

110m3 is around 11 truckloads of fill to be supplied. Each load of fill is going to cost you $200 - $300. There's $2 - $3k there and that's…

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ST13
Jul 03, 2014 10:29 am
Sydney-build
Sydney-build
3 July 2014

Tradie recommendations Sydney

Tradie recommendations Sydney

Hi all To those of you who are owner-builders or even building with a major builder, but doing some works post-handover please share your good/bad experiences with…

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Sydney-build
Jul 03, 2014 4:05 am
Sydney-build
Keffufal
Keffufal
2 July 2014

OSSM Application Plans

OSSM Application Plans

'Shreik and wail like a banshee!' that's hilarious! My reaction would be 'ignore it and hope it goes away!' I have been told there is a loophole for sewage management but…

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Keffufal
Jul 02, 2014 5:54 pm
Keffufal
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 June 2014

Hiring a licensed builder for my design and documentation

Hiring a licensed builder for my design and documentation

The question is if I can do the documentations and hire a certified/qualified builder to help me with getting approvals and, obviously, to get it…

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Stewie D
Jun 29, 2014 11:10 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 June 2014

Central Wheatbelt WA builders

Central Wheatbelt WA builders

You need to talk to your neighbours. They must live in houses built by someone. In the country local builders often rely on word of mouth for work. Typically they do…

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Beetaloo
Jun 27, 2014 9:25 pm
Beetaloo
perthbud
perthbud
25 June 2014

Load baring internal bricks on footing or slab?

Load baring internal bricks on footing or slab?

yes m8, i can see the existing slab. I am drilling in some rebar into this today between new footing and existing slab. Will pour the footings today and have a think. cheers ..

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perthbud
Jun 25, 2014 9:09 am
Phil2
Phil2
21 June 2014

Big Thank You Docker_Rob!!!

Big Thank You Docker_Rob!!!

I would also like to thank Docker Rob he recommended 2 fantastic bricklayers who have been invaluable for our reno and we have also saved a fortune by ordering our…

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Phil2
Jun 21, 2014 8:19 pm
greenify
greenify
17 June 2014

2014 owner builder cost per M2

2014 owner builder cost per M2

Hi buildwest There is no accurate simple answer to your question. The only way to work out the price is to do the actual quantities for labour and materials . When I price…

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greenify
Jun 17, 2014 4:56 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
16 June 2014

framing nails

framing nails

A big ty Stewie D, will be going into lvl floor joists 45mm wide.

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wobbly1
Jun 16, 2014 4:00 pm
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
15 June 2014

drawing acronym

drawing acronym

hard_aground - my engineers specs only required reinforcing if the pier exceeds 1000mm in length. As mine will only be 700mm reinforcing is unnecessary. Originally my…

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waxinggibbous
Jun 15, 2014 11:50 pm
waxinggibbous
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wobbly1
Jun 12, 2014 4:33 am
Spong
Spong
10 June 2014

Site costs in Perth Hills

Site costs in Perth Hills

we had $30k for a bush block in brigadoon. included service trench about 200m, 600mm sand pad approx 250m2 which is natural ground level to 1.5m across plus clearing trees…

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Spong
Jun 10, 2014 9:59 pm
gav89z
gav89z
8 June 2014

First floor flooring options (bamboo/laminate/hardwood?)

First floor flooring options (bamboo/laminate/hardwood?)

thanks all for the suggestions.. In terms of the staircase what's the cheapest wood material out there for the treads? (radiata pine)?? as we will have the treads worked…

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gav89z
Jun 08, 2014 6:07 pm
MrsJM
MrsJM
7 June 2014

Cost of demolishing old asbestos house

Cost of demolishing old asbestos house

I know this is an old thread but I was wondering if anyone knew with Rawson's $20k demolition allowance (indicated as part of the initial quote) whether this is likely to…

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MrsJM
Jun 07, 2014 3:03 pm
MrsJM
dfazio
dfazio
30 May 2014

Polystyrene walls suppliers/installers SYd

Polystyrene walls suppliers/installers SYd

I dont but am interested in the answer so tagging along

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dfazio
May 30, 2014 10:51 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 May 2014

gutter/fascia high slotted?

gutter/fascia high slotted?

As per my previous post, the…

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SaveH2O
May 30, 2014 12:24 am
SaveH2O
gav89z
gav89z
29 May 2014

Stackstone installer - Sydney Area -

Stackstone installer - Sydney Area -

Hi all, Just a quick question, got a full brick projection pier from slab-roof that will be stone cladded.. I've currently got the scaffold up, it would be easier.. or…

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gav89z
May 29, 2014 6:49 pm
Matt F
Matt F
28 May 2014

Owner Build plan amendments

Owner Build plan amendments

I'm surprised the certifier isn't able to guide you more on the correct procedure here. Being a CD, the council is obviously…

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Matt F
May 28, 2014 7:48 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 May 2014

Onsite Stormwater Detention

Onsite Stormwater Detention
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The pit drawings show a restricted outlet but the P1 outlet has to flow at the PSD. It should be simple to explain. Have you noticed that the East Coast of Australia is…

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SaveH2O
May 25, 2014 7:32 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 May 2014

STORM Assessment - WSUD

STORM Assessment - WSUD

No wonder you are having trouble...the calculator's input is insufficient and the whole thing is woefully inadequate and poorly explained. Terrible! I also need…

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SaveH2O
May 25, 2014 3:23 pm
SaveH2O
freakychick
freakychick
23 May 2014

An update on our reno and grannie flat...

An update on our reno and grannie flat...

this looks good :-) how is it going? or will we be talking to Phil3?

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freakychick
May 23, 2014 1:16 am
freakychick
Evelin
Evelin
19 May 2014

Methven tapware any outlets in Sydney?

Methven tapware any outlets in Sydney?

we ordered Methven through Bunnings, it was cheaper than from Reece.

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Evelin
May 19, 2014 10:37 am
gav89z
gav89z
16 May 2014

Downpipes Colorbond or PVC aboveground rainwater tank

Downpipes Colorbond or PVC aboveground rainwater tank

Yes, use pvc downpipes and paint them. Rainwater tanks are gravity fed and you will find the lead in pipe to the tank is always lower than the…

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gav89z
May 16, 2014 7:31 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
14 May 2014

Convert Double Brick to Reverse Brick Veneer

Convert Double Brick to Reverse Brick Veneer

Need to consider the detailing at external windows & doors. May be ugly unless this is detailed well. In particular if there are awning sash windows, make sure that…

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Beetaloo
May 14, 2014 1:17 pm
Beetaloo
sceen7
sceen7
12 May 2014

Gas Hot water system

Gas Hot water system

We have had a Rinnai enviro 26 for over 2 years now and love it. We have controllers in the bathrooms set between 28 and 43 summer winter. We have water saving shower…

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sceen7
May 12, 2014 2:28 pm


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