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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 7:13 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 6:06 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 6:32 pm
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mossydots
Oct 31, 2014 6:28 pm
Wonkywalker
Wonkywalker
30 October 2014

Perth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build Journey

Perth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build Journey
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Love your ensuite design and colours - the stepped bath is gorgeous!

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Wonkywalker
Oct 30, 2014 6:03 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 4:16 pm
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jamesbp
Oct 24, 2014 10:45 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 8:43 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 11:55 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 6:04 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 9:09 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 1:20 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 11:56 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 11:13 pm
enaj80
enaj80
3 October 2014

OB in Perth

OB in Perth
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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 9:13 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 6:09 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 9:49 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 11:12 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 2:30 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 2:16 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 September 2014

New OB build in Stirling WA

New OB build in Stirling WA
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We stockpile...its more to do with logistics and cheap material I would think?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 25, 2014 9:18 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 10:23 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 2:12 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 4:17 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 2:49 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 2:35 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 2:06 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 11:04 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 11:03 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 August 2014

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

A shack in Tassie -- tight budget -- assessing viability
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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 2:35 pm
Beetaloo
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
18 August 2014

Building a shed

Building a shed

I thought he was suggesting that it be built as part of the one development application. Just that one part of the development will be completed…

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Bluesuede
Aug 18, 2014 11:43 am
Bluesuede
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 12:14 pm
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 10:25 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 10:07 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 6:12 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 9:33 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 6:59 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 07, 2014 12:09 am
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 11:55 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 10:18 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 3:20 pm

more sub floor…

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wobbly1
Jul 26, 2014 3:01 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 24, 2014 12:44 am
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 10:02 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 3:16 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 4:00 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 10:10 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 6:15 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 1:18 pm


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