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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
1, 2

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
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 7:18 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 11:29 am
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 4:52 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 3:17 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 06, 2014 11:13 pm
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 11:59 am
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 10:52 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 1:02 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 28, 2014 11:32 pm
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 6:52 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 6:27 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 2:13 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
1 ... 4, 5, 6

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 9:34 am
Mentone3850
Mentone3850
25 April 2014

39 sq double storey home - number of bricks?

39 sq double storey home - number of bricks?
1, 2

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 9:12 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 5:45 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 10:05 am
summer5555
summer5555
17 April 2014

Our New Build on Acreage in South Gippsland

Our New Build on Acreage in South Gippsland
1 ... 5, 6, 7

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 9:57 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 8:31 pm
perthbud
perthbud
12 April 2014

Proping the roof?

Proping the roof?
1, 2

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 3:08 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 7:43 pm
gav89z
gav89z
11 April 2014

plumbing roughin/electrical roughin after bricks?

plumbing roughin/electrical roughin after bricks?

Hi gav89z, That is the order we did things….bricks, plumbing, electrical. Didn't have any problems, we saw it as the safest way to do…

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gav89z
Apr 11, 2014 6:09 pm
bpratt
bpratt
10 April 2014

We're Approved!!

We're Approved!!

OB course is complete & so are soil tests. Mainly clay which we suspected. Now just to sign the cheque for deposit so we can get the…

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bpratt
Apr 10, 2014 9:51 pm
Keffufal
Keffufal
9 April 2014

wide span kit homes

wide span kit homes

I know this is a few years old, but wondering if you have made progress and built yet? We have bought land and are now just deciding what exactly to build on it, trying to…

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Keffufal
Apr 09, 2014 1:12 pm
Keffufal
wobbly1
wobbly1
9 April 2014

New project : flat roof cost

New project : flat roof cost

hi rudiger, my costs seem to be more in the rafters for the build with, lvl 150 x 38 section beams at 450 centres over a 5m span + insulation + roof sheeting. So need to…

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wobbly1
Apr 09, 2014 3:47 am
qebtel
qebtel
5 April 2014

Waiting and ... waiting and ...

Waiting and ... waiting and ...

Another apt saying that always…

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qebtel
Apr 05, 2014 11:38 am
perthbud
perthbud
4 April 2014

carport to room conversion new footings.

carport to room conversion new footings.

Cheers m8... thought that but its pretty sandy and the walls of the trench are not very square and i have some bits maybe 400mm wide not 300 and might end up using more…

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perthbud
Apr 04, 2014 3:25 pm
qebtel
qebtel
2 April 2014

Owner Builder Price per sq metre??

Owner Builder Price per sq metre??

Search the forum for "occupancy". Its been discussed…

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qebtel
Apr 02, 2014 12:33 pm
Doozer1905
Doozer1905
2 April 2014

slab detail - clarification needed

slab detail - clarification needed

That's shocking detail the way they have drawn the section through. Stewie, don't do it in 1 pour in WA unless it's a monolithic slab

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Doozer1905
Apr 02, 2014 12:39 am
Doozer1905
Doozer1905
2 April 2014

WA house building general advice

WA house building general advice

There is actually a couple of things here that you probably need to know regarding OB in WA 1) if you go down the owner builder path you actually now need some sort of…

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Doozer1905
Apr 02, 2014 12:29 am
gav89z
gav89z
29 March 2014

hire rates

hire rates

Don't know if this will help in your case, but I had quotes for piering between $55-$65 per linear metre, so you have 30 piers at 600mm, works around $1170 for the job…

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gav89z
Mar 29, 2014 6:49 pm
gav89z
gav89z
22 March 2014

Owner building in Inner West Sydney

Owner building in Inner West Sydney

Hi all, We are owner building in Inner West Sydney, would like some recommendations on trades. Also been looking up Yellowpages; We have a plumber/electrician Re prefab…

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gav89z
Mar 22, 2014 5:32 pm
qebtel
qebtel
22 March 2014

Floorboard recommendations

Floorboard recommendations

end matched means the T&G is also on the ends which makes them easier to lay and also there should be less wastage as you don't need to join…

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qebtel
Mar 22, 2014 12:16 pm
Nimisha
Nimisha
19 March 2014

strip drain and achieving the slope

strip drain and achieving the slope

Thanks very much for your replies. All clear now ::

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Nimisha
Mar 19, 2014 11:17 am


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