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rerob1
rerob1
16 March 2014

OB Spreadsheet - available online

OB Spreadsheet - available online
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Hello to all, I am happy to share my spreadsheet from years ago, it is still user friendly and may be a good starting point. It is actually more of a working document so…

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rerob1
Mar 16, 2014 9:23 pm
rerob1
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 March 2014

Bar Chairs - any difference?

Bar Chairs - any difference?

Are some better than the others? combination/slab-on-ground/clip-on/wire bar? I was differentiating between the two most common - plastic…

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Stewie D
Mar 14, 2014 1:21 pm
Nimisha
Nimisha
11 March 2014

footing & slab DIY??

footing & slab DIY??

Sorry oncewerefurriers could you please provide me with the name of the company that quoted your 2 layer high-gloss pure white finish flooring? Also does this type of…

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Nimisha
Mar 11, 2014 11:50 am
Nelso
Nelso
6 March 2014

OB Iluka the journey finally begins

OB Iluka the journey finally begins

It is very exciting, the views are amazing :D

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Nelso
Mar 06, 2014 10:01 am
Nimisha
Nimisha
28 February 2014

Private Certifier costs ???????? is this right

Private Certifier costs ???????? is this right

Hi we have gone with uncertified building application (after Council Officer told us they don't take anywhere near the 28 days for approval) and received our Building…

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Nimisha
Feb 28, 2014 4:59 pm
radiuz
radiuz
25 February 2014

Leveling Land

Leveling Land

I think having the house sit at street level is a wise investment for drainage and also street appeal. Have you considered the first level have a few steps and working the…

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radiuz
Feb 25, 2014 11:42 am
tezzab
tezzab
23 February 2014

Owner builder in 2003 WA

Owner builder in 2003 WA

Having had to do a "useless course" to get my Consent, I think that the TAFE course I did more than paid for itself. It saved endless hours of hunting for specific regs,…

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tezzab
Feb 23, 2014 4:22 pm
tezzab
Fatman
Fatman
18 February 2014

New Build, Good Score OB an Aussie retreat steel kit

New Build, Good Score OB an Aussie retreat steel kit
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A slab is your foundation, or part of it anyway. Are you putting in piers? "Hoping" is not going to cut the mustard if you want to get a…

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Fatman
Feb 18, 2014 7:02 pm
Fatman
schultzie
schultzie
17 February 2014

The order of building what and when to do things?

The order of building what and when to do things?

Fortunately i work for a commercial/ domestic builder and im using all my works contractors. I do understand what your saying though about how they lend money, i have…

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schultzie
Feb 17, 2014 8:32 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
16 February 2014

Argyle WA - Rocky Hill OB

Argyle WA - Rocky Hill OB
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Ahhh now we can see you have your priorities right :lol:

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Treeseachanger
Feb 16, 2014 7:25 pm
akapacker
akapacker
12 February 2014

DIY Roofing - does it need certification? Victoria

DIY Roofing - does it need certification? Victoria

Hi all, I am considering doing my own roofing, and was investigating whether a licensed plumber needs to do the job for me. It depends on the State that you are in. I am…

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akapacker
Feb 12, 2014 10:17 pm
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
11 February 2014

Geelong/Bannockburn Plumber??

Geelong/Bannockburn Plumber??

Hi, Am after a recommendation for a Plumber for our OB. Am after one in the Bannockburn/Geelong area. We have used one so far to get the water on on our block and to run…

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DefenderOwner
Feb 11, 2014 12:29 pm
bashworth
bashworth
8 February 2014

Roofing Tiles Question

Roofing Tiles Question

You wouldn't find any direct reference in the contract, although I would say this doesn't meet the workmanship requirements. I would check with the tile manufacturer's…

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bashworth
Feb 08, 2014 2:53 pm
bashworth
ismithers
ismithers
6 February 2014

Bought house with a rain water tank that isn't connected.

Bought house with a rain water tank that isn't connected.

I've purchased a property with a rain water tank but it's not connected to the property. I…

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ismithers
Feb 06, 2014 8:45 pm
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qebtel
Jan 31, 2014 1:09 pm
ownerbuilder2013
ownerbuilder2013
28 January 2014

Info about Hebel Solid - New Material

Info about Hebel Solid - New Material

Hi the youtube video i attached shows them building a house using then new Hebel Solid. I was wondering if anyone has used it before and if you know the price difference…

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ownerbuilder2013
Jan 28, 2014 8:44 pm
ownerbuilder2013
Hazel
Hazel
28 January 2014

fire resistant walls and floor

fire resistant walls and floor

Thank you Stewie and ChargerWA for your replies. Really appreciate it.

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Hazel
Jan 28, 2014 1:56 pm
Hazel
qebtel
qebtel
28 January 2014

Thanks for the advice & our Owner Builder Story

Thanks for the advice & our Owner Builder Story

Doesnt surprise me at all. Earthmovers are the worst I have encountered. I dont trust any of them. Last one sent me the bill four weeks after the job. I thought that was…

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qebtel
Jan 28, 2014 11:52 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 January 2014

Concrete Price per meter cube m3

Concrete Price per meter cube m3

Here on Sydneys Northern Beaches we pay close to $260 m3 which is some of the highest in the city. That is going up later this year as Sydney is starting to run out of…

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Stewie D
Jan 20, 2014 11:01 am
Nelso
Nelso
20 January 2014

Engineer in Perth

Engineer in Perth

We have had our suspended slab re - engineered by a different engineer reducing the amount of concrete and steel saving us $6700. I think some engineers take the easy…

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Nelso
Jan 20, 2014 10:02 am
Lenny171
Lenny171
15 January 2014

Approx cost up to slab laid for 33sq P waffle

Approx cost up to slab laid for 33sq P waffle

Thank you, yes it is approx what we thought about that. The cost is likely due to the breakdown of the overall payments I guess.

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Lenny171
Jan 15, 2014 8:21 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 January 2014

Has anyone here built a basement?

Has anyone here built a basement?

I fully agree with Stewie. As in all critical situations you should have redundancy built into your systems to safeguard against failure. For example, in hospitals you…

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building-expert
Jan 06, 2014 8:41 am
building-expert
manofaus
manofaus
5 January 2014

20 or 25mm water meter on trickle feed supply

20 or 25mm water meter on trickle feed supply

Note: Not all pipe is measured on the outside. If the description was 20NB it would mean 20mm nominal bore.... (Gal pipe)

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manofaus
Jan 05, 2014 6:29 pm
manofaus
bpratt
bpratt
29 December 2013

OB by default. Taking the plunge

OB by default. Taking the plunge

We are rural residential, but there was a covenant stating that minimum house size excluding carport was 150m2. Pretty crazy stuff. Mind you…

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bpratt
Dec 29, 2013 6:27 pm
Palatine
Palatine
17 December 2013

Building Surveyor Recommendation - NE Melbourne

Building Surveyor Recommendation - NE Melbourne

Hi there Has any owner Builders used a building surveyor in the past that they would recommend? I will be building soon in Ivanhoe in North East Melbourne. Many thanks…

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Palatine
Dec 17, 2013 9:24 am
geelong OB
geelong OB
16 December 2013

House Extension - Owner Builder

House Extension - Owner Builder

Thanks everyone. We've made the decision to play it safe and go for a registered builder to do the whole lot. I don't think we have the time or experience to do the OB thing.

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geelong OB
Dec 16, 2013 5:36 pm
bashworth
bashworth
16 December 2013

Considering owner building kit home

Considering owner building kit home

Flat pack kitchen seems to be the way to go. Thanks everyone. @bashworth Thanks. I definitely did overlook the need for a roof plumber.…

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bashworth
Dec 16, 2013 5:21 pm
bashworth
harry1
harry1
13 December 2013

Cross bracing

Cross bracing

Thanks for all of the help. In the interest of helping anyone else that has the same issue, I tracked down this gear: http://www.danley.com.au/Product_Connec ...…

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harry1
Dec 13, 2013 2:17 pm
tezzab
tezzab
12 December 2013

Block and Beam Floor System

Block and Beam Floor System

Similar system, with an Adelaide dealer, via enquiry to Melbourne Office http://www.speedfloor.com.au/page3.aspx

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tezzab
Dec 12, 2013 10:54 pm
tezzab
building-expert
building-expert
12 December 2013

Need help with a Slab in Adelaide SA

Need help with a Slab in Adelaide SA

I was going to suggest that you take a drive in a new housing estate and find concreters on the job and talk to them or talk to other trades, they will know someone and…

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building-expert
Dec 12, 2013 5:06 am
building-expert
qebtel
qebtel
2 December 2013

methodology used in conducting a site survey

methodology used in conducting a site survey

Building expert, did you not read my last post? IT implies quite clearly that I did get multiple quotes. In fact I tried every single surveyor in town, and ended up using…

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qebtel
Dec 02, 2013 7:33 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
19 November 2013

Perth Soil Tester/Geotech Recommendation

Perth Soil Tester/Geotech Recommendation

Hi Mark, You can use struterre in Balcatta just take your site plans in and they can go out and drill your site acording to your plan and will give you a written report…

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barkersontheblock
Nov 19, 2013 3:54 pm
suemaruk
suemaruk
17 November 2013

HomeBase Expo OB Electronic Building Planner

HomeBase Expo OB Electronic Building Planner

Hi, Has anyone attended the Homebase Expo OB course and purchased the electronic building planner? Happy to supply a slab of your favorite beer for a copy. PM me if…

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suemaruk
Nov 17, 2013 10:13 pm
Phil1
Phil1
17 November 2013

Fence Installer Perth Recommendations

Fence Installer Perth Recommendations

Hi Has anyone had a fence company in Perth they can recommend? Need installation too...Nothing flash just normal Colourbond fence panels for our side and back…

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Phil1
Nov 17, 2013 7:44 pm
Ziege
Ziege
11 November 2013

Slab size vs shed plans

Slab size vs shed plans

After spending a day doing the circuit of steel shed suppliers, I am happy to say that they definitely DO NOT count the cladding into the measurement and they were…

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Ziege
Nov 11, 2013 10:07 pm
Chris_s
Chris_s
11 November 2013

Telstra Approved Contractor?

Telstra Approved Contractor?

from my understanding telstra infrastructure belongs to telstra and any 'sparky' who carries an austel licence is still limited to the 'network boundry' keep in mind …

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Chris_s
Nov 11, 2013 7:33 pm
manofaus
manofaus
8 November 2013

timber for roof trusses

timber for roof trusses

You can use a program called design it. www.chhsoftware.com/designit (free) After a little practice and playing around you can easily find what you need. You can select…

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manofaus
Nov 08, 2013 8:09 pm
manofaus
Matergabiae
Matergabiae
6 November 2013

Best way to get quotes: Site clear, prep, cut and fill...

Best way to get quotes: Site clear, prep, cut and fill...

Waffle is a valid way to build on soil that may incur too many difficulties with excavation. This method got a bad name early on, as a few of them were badly executed,…

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Matergabiae
Nov 06, 2013 9:21 am
Matergabiae
Phil1
Phil1
2 November 2013

Perth Designer and Survey Costs

Perth Designer and Survey Costs

I just had another thought...you would also need an energy efficiency report and engineers report before you get the final building permit. That cost us about $500 and…

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Phil1
Nov 02, 2013 1:11 pm
building-expert
building-expert
2 November 2013

Owner Build - Inspection Report Issues

Owner Build - Inspection Report Issues
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Don't forget defective ceiling insulation, illegal additions and poor swimming pool safety

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building-expert
Nov 02, 2013 12:24 pm
building-expert
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
1 November 2013

Comments on design please

Comments on design please

Hello Manofaus, I love your concept of a country farmhouse.....I'm a great fan of verandas and we have three on our house (one facing north, one west and one east) - we…

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lynny-jane
Nov 01, 2013 9:52 am
lynny-jane
JB1
JB1
25 October 2013

Owner builder insurance - part-way through a build?

Owner builder insurance - part-way through a build?

Pretty damn cheap for a construction that had commenced. I paid much more (annualized) to extend my policy by 2 months

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JB1
Oct 25, 2013 5:10 pm
1800shademaster
1800shademaster
24 October 2013

Builders Cost to Build a Kit Home???

Builders Cost to Build a Kit Home???

We are currently researching which is the best way to build, a kit home with a builder or a transportable home. We are looking at Paal, Stone…

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1800shademaster
Oct 24, 2013 5:25 pm
1800shademaster
AKB
AKB
20 October 2013

Change from Tiles to Colourbond...Good Idea?

Change from Tiles to Colourbond...Good Idea?

Your under control then he explained to us that with tiles the framework is all about being strong enough to keep the tiles up but with tin it's about having enough…

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AKB
Oct 20, 2013 12:32 pm
AKB
JB1
JB1
19 October 2013

can you live in a house without floor covering?

can you live in a house without floor covering?

I can't see that happening. My surveyor wouldn't pass me without caulking in all the bathroom. But ask yours.

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JB1
Oct 19, 2013 10:11 pm
robbie55
robbie55
17 October 2013

shampoo niche, what to put for backing support

shampoo niche, what to put for backing support

I'll say first up that I'm not a builer etc but Yep you could do it that way might actually be stronger, in that situation I would use screws. I was suggesting you could…

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robbie55
Oct 17, 2013 11:33 am
robbie55
AKB
AKB
15 October 2013

Owner Builder - who's best to insure with cost v claims

Owner Builder - who's best to insure with cost v claims

Hi Guys We went with Insurance Brokers mentioned on another thread. Our normal insurance company refused to cover the house whilst we were owner building. 12 months…

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AKB
Oct 15, 2013 4:40 pm
AKB
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qebtel
Oct 14, 2013 12:48 pm


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