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AJB
AJB
3 October 2014

Sloping block build in rural Victoria - Question

Sloping block build in rural Victoria - Question
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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
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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 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?

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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
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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 1:35 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 10:43 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 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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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.

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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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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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