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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 1:09 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 5:09 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 1:52 am
trixee
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trixee
Jul 05, 2014 1:48 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 11:29 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 5:05 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 6:54 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 12:10 pm
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 10:25 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 10:09 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 9:19 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 5:56 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 5:00 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 16, 2014 12:50 am
waxinggibbous
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wobbly1
Jun 12, 2014 5:33 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 10:59 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 7:07 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 4:03 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 11:51 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 1:24 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 7:49 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 8:48 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 8:32 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 4:23 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 2:16 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 11:37 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 8:31 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 2:17 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 3:28 pm
bpratt
bpratt
11 May 2014

Square set cornice process

Square set cornice process

Hmmm... square set is a definite skill, and it's very easy to see any irregularities if it's not done properly. I'd say, if you're asking these…

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bpratt
May 11, 2014 8:18 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
11 May 2014

Bricking - questions expansion joints lead flashing on roofs

Bricking - questions expansion joints lead flashing on roofs

Just also be aware that lead flashing is not compatible with Colorbond or Zincalume roof sheeting due to corrosion. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 11, 2014 12:29 pm
gav89z
gav89z
10 May 2014

Chasing electrical cable for lights on piers

Chasing electrical cable for lights on piers

hey mgilla, thanks for the advice.. sounds about right what you've said re full height piers. i've decided to leave in 20mm pvc conduits ..

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gav89z
May 10, 2014 5:52 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
10 May 2014

Roof Plumbing Plan

Roof Plumbing Plan

I have, on several occasions, recommended to people on this and other…

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SaveH2O
May 10, 2014 4:17 pm
SaveH2O
jamesbp
jamesbp
6 May 2014

Reliable good Carpenter for Sth East Melbourne

Reliable good Carpenter for Sth East Melbourne

Hi All, I am embarking on my new build and was looking for recommendations for a good carpenter. We are building a double storey townhouse in Sth East…

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jamesbp
May 07, 2014 12:13 am
gav89z
gav89z
4 May 2014

Boral Concrete roof tiles - Vogue Charcoal Grey

Boral Concrete roof tiles - Vogue Charcoal Grey

Hi all, Interested in the Boral Vogue (Flat profile) concrete roof tiles in Charcoal Grey, upon checking on the NSW Brochure it mentions *Premium* Colour Through compared…

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gav89z
May 04, 2014 12:59 pm
fademan
fademan
1 May 2014

Shadowline Cornice

Shadowline Cornice

The ceilings were 11 feet. I couldn't tell. I expected that it was solid after about 20mm in, based on a quick Google search of shadow line cornice.

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fademan
May 01, 2014 11:52 pm
qbikevolution
qbikevolution
29 April 2014

Cabinetmaker Perth?

Cabinetmaker Perth?

Hey mate i would contact luke at metric cabinets, He did my new kitchen great job looks very nice built sturdily and he was happy to negotiate price down he was 50% under…

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qbikevolution
Apr 29, 2014 2:02 pm
NathanBoxa
NathanBoxa
28 April 2014

Scaffolding Compliance Certificate Requirements?

Scaffolding Compliance Certificate Requirements?

Scaffold should have a tag on it when completed and deemed safe to use. Could take a picture of the tag for your own reference.

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NathanBoxa
Apr 29, 2014 12:32 am
NathanBoxa
gav89z
gav89z
28 April 2014

PCI Final Inspection requirements for Occupation Certificate

PCI Final Inspection requirements for Occupation Certificate

Thank you Stellabella, just to add to your response I've researched NSW Fair Trading Website and the following link for any owner builders in NSW; re electrical…

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gav89z
Apr 28, 2014 7:52 pm
gav89z
gav89z
28 April 2014

external / internal paint

external / internal paint

Got some quotes, been offered the choice of either Dulux Wash and Wear, or Taubmans in Matt finish. Been advised 2 Coats are sufficient, can anyone share their opinions on…

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gav89z
Apr 28, 2014 7:27 pm
AKB
AKB
28 April 2014

Owner Building Perth Hills - Roof time!

Owner Building Perth Hills - Roof time!
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Looking great Memphis - I hear ya re big ticket items and painting :-)

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AKB
Apr 28, 2014 3:13 pm
AKB
steph82
steph82
26 April 2014

Another OB in Perth Foothills...Finishing the inside & Games

Another OB in Perth Foothills...Finishing the inside & Games
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beautiful house! which ATU did you go with and which company? i have just started investigating them for our build at the back of Perth Hills (haha Northam)

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steph82
Apr 26, 2014 10:34 am
Mentone3850
Mentone3850
25 April 2014

39 sq double storey home - number of bricks?

39 sq double storey home - number of bricks?
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Thanks, We are building a brick veneer, I'll also give a call to the brick company tomorrow to confirm for information. Cheers, I'll check out…

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Mentone3850
Apr 25, 2014 10:12 pm
Mentone3850
Lex
Lex
24 April 2014

House creaking during strong winds

House creaking during strong winds

What is "horizontal shearing"? Our house also makes scary noises, but it sort of stopped (almost) or at least lessened in the last 6 months or so. Prior to that, there…

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Lex
Apr 24, 2014 6:45 pm
Lex
ads-005
ads-005
22 April 2014

Slab Concretor Recomendations Melbourne

Slab Concretor Recomendations Melbourne

Any people can recomend slab concretors for Western suburbs of Melbourne?

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ads-005
Apr 22, 2014 11:05 am
summer5555
summer5555
17 April 2014

Our New Build on Acreage in South Gippsland

Our New Build on Acreage in South Gippsland
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I would have loved to have seen a house as magnificent as this being built but I get the feeling that this post is somewhat fictitious.

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summer5555
Apr 17, 2014 10:57 pm
gav89z
gav89z
17 April 2014

Slab earthing

Slab earthing

thank all for the replies, I spoke with a project builder site supervisor today and they advised they did earth the steel reo in the slab. I am waiting for the roof to go…

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gav89z
Apr 17, 2014 9:31 pm
perthbud
perthbud
12 April 2014

Proping the roof?

Proping the roof?
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This forum is amazing.. Bloody hell Rob, that sounds a deal i will PM you bud. Will keep reading your post Stewie until i understand it....just me being thick lol.

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perthbud
Apr 12, 2014 4:08 pm
Doozer1905
Doozer1905
11 April 2014

Perth - concretor recommendation?

Perth - concretor recommendation?

I think it would be a tough one, it's hard enough getting concretors when there doing the full job.

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Doozer1905
Apr 11, 2014 8:43 pm


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