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gommeqld
gommeqld
24 July 2018

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Click on my name and you'll get a list of my posts. Read of few of those and you'll get a good idea of my background and intentions. Here's an extract from one of those…

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gommeqld
Jul 24, 2018 5:24 pm
raelph
raelph
15 July 2018

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

thank you for your thoughts Rae

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raelph
Jul 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Sunshine841
Sunshine841
5 July 2018

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Hi obAnge, Did you end up finding a builder and what area are you in?. We are just about to sign up to PAAL, we will do most of the work but looking at employing some…

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Sunshine841
Jul 05, 2018 11:19 pm
Barold
Barold
26 June 2018

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Hi, I'm about to do a new roof, love the profile and colour you've chosen! Can I ask is it a Colorbond roofing sheet or some other make and can I also ask what colour you…

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Barold
Jun 26, 2018 6:53 pm

If you work in the construction and building industry, then you know that your equipment and…

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perfecthire
Jun 12, 2018 2:25 pm
perfecthire

Are you willing to go for soundproofing exterior walls construction click the link…

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Searching4 knowledge
Jun 10, 2018 8:43 am
Searching4 knowledge
NSU
NSU
7 June 2018

Front door size

Front door size

Should explain a bit further. From the lentil to the top of the jamb 5mm gap For the side 10mm each side. Using 22mm door jamb. opening 2310 H 1095W H=2310-(22mm jamb)…

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NSU
Jun 07, 2018 8:36 pm
NSU
NSU
29 May 2018

Sand and cement before waterproofing

Sand and cement before waterproofing

About to start on the bathroom floor. Thinking of doing sand and cement the floor before waterproofing. Does anyone see a problem with that approach? Thanks

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NSU
May 29, 2018 6:12 pm
grinder
grinder
25 May 2018

Knauf gyprock

Knauf gyprock

knauf is fairly price competitive, and has access to quite a big supply of gypsum - which they make plasterboard.

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grinder
May 25, 2018 10:13 am
grinder
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 May 2018

Roof truss and internal walls

Roof truss and internal walls

NSU Apart from the expense of Ceiling battens & Double sheeting 50mm will pronounce any movement->cracking at the wall ceiling joins?

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 22, 2018 9:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 May 2018

Owner builder process

Owner builder process

easiest path is for draftsman to take you to DA approval, and get you a construction certificate. here in sydney you can find some draftman who can do this for under 10k.

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 19, 2018 4:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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alexp79
May 17, 2018 12:33 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
14 May 2018

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

Yes, I will use oversized timbers. Where a 150mm floor joist in MGP10 or 12 might be required I will go with 175mm or 200mm seasoned jarrah which would probably be graded…

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RuffTuff
May 14, 2018 10:24 pm
RuffTuff
manofaus
manofaus
13 May 2018

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

No much bias there. I have found that the concreters that I have engaged to do set out of form are relatively good at what they do. I run around and check with a water…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 11:12 pm
manofaus
manofaus
manofaus
13 May 2018

OB for load bearing wall removal

OB for load bearing wall removal

Not necessarily true with engineers and surveyors. Friend has take a volume builder to court over unsound foundation. Volume builder immediately deflected it to the…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 10:55 pm
manofaus

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

karen5784 Your Carpenter should have Worker comp Insurance Make sure you check their insurance details are current and whats included. Also Fence off access to the build…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 04, 2018 10:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Dims
Dims
3 May 2018

Skillion Roof Insulation

Skillion Roof Insulation

Thanks for your input Building -expert and Dr Buildwell, I will contact Foilboard and discuss. Cheers Colin

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Dims
May 03, 2018 10:33 am
chann
chann
2 May 2018

Ballpark costs for building

Ballpark costs for building

Look at "Rawlinsons-Construction Cost Guide" for the area you intend to build. There is a section for building cost per sq meter- that would be a rough guide. Do a…

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chann
May 02, 2018 11:30 am

Building designers

Building designers

edskii Great...Thanks for joining & I look fwd to your posts/contributions I use matrix solvers to start.. then make allowances for variables/alternatives "There's math &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 01, 2018 6:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April 2018

Time wasting trades

Time wasting trades

no that is not normal

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 11:33 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April 2018

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
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all liability falls squarely on the builder , well at least here in vic anyway.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 11:06 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April 2018

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

do not do this you will get mould , in 18 years as a carpenter i have never seen this done , black poly and weather around timber equals mould mould mould

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 11:02 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April 2018

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

sounds like you're out of your league .. by the sounds of this post you might be better off hiring a builder

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:26 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April 2018

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

best advice . if you have to question it , then you don't know what your'e doing. get a professional. if your'e worried about the cost , then you can't afford it yet.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:14 pm

Thanks for the reply mate. No it's all good, the posts are where they should be despite looking a bit strangely placed in pics. The ones you can see running down the side…

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chode1984
Apr 25, 2018 1:37 pm
chode1984

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
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Hi Henry, I just read back and see your in Bossley Park. Good luck!

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 23, 2018 9:48 am
Searching4 knowledge
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
20 April 2018

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

1. Should read "Get sketch Data, Proofs & Costs" $50K for what ... imo You aren't even close.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 9:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
karen5784
karen5784
16 April 2018

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

Thank you very much for your information. Cheers Karen

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karen5784
Apr 16, 2018 1:12 pm
Chops_47
Chops_47
2 April 2018

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
1, 2, 3, 4

Firstly, thanks to the OP for this thread - has been most helpful to have a list of trades that have proven to deliver the goods! In regards to PM's we were looking at…

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Chops_47
Apr 02, 2018 9:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
1 March 2018

6 star energy repor - VIC

6 star energy repor - VIC

karen5784 There are minimum requirements that will give you the required rating (deemed to comply) ..see if you can save yourself some money, your designer should have an…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 01, 2018 11:20 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 February 2018

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Hi Karen5784 You will need to check with your Local Council first generally you will require Plannings and Building Applications and documentation Designers generally deal…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 27, 2018 2:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
KateG
KateG
18 February 2018

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Hey, who is happy with his owner builder insurance? I'm going to start my build very soon and to get a recommendation would help me a great deal. Thanks in advance!…

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KateG
Feb 18, 2018 9:09 pm
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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 1:21 pm
qebtel
qebtel
11 February 2018

garage house

garage house

First, take a look at the photo. Its rural. Most councils will approve shed homes for rural, but not urban. The reasons they occur in rural is…

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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 1:19 pm
Pummers
Pummers
4 February 2018

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

My wife spotted a few Harkaway Homes pictures online when we were on the lookout for a style to build our new home in... The untimely death of a friend led us to visit…

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Pummers
Feb 04, 2018 11:22 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
4 February 2018

Garage Beam Brickworks

Garage Beam Brickworks

NSU Your engineer will advise you of the options for non-Standard beams ie Section, materials, loads , Span, deflections.etc,etc. It's also hard to comment without seeing …

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2018 8:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
algernon
algernon
3 February 2018

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Possibly - I'm not actually sure on that point in our case, but it could be a factor in some situations.

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algernon
Feb 03, 2018 8:10 pm
PJT318
PJT318
2 February 2018

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

Hi All, we have a home in Weston in the Lower Hunter NSW, we have a large garage on a slab we would like to convert to a GF. We are looking for an engineer to check and…

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PJT318
Feb 02, 2018 4:07 pm
PJT318
chode1984
chode1984
17 January 2018

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Depends what you're looking for. If you're after a box ticking exercise go with someone like Absolute Education. I used them a little while back. I didn't learn much but…

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chode1984
Jan 17, 2018 10:32 pm
chode1984
qebtel
qebtel
7 January 2018

Ebay Stores

Ebay Stores

Still i have no experience of online shopping. I prefer to shop offline.

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qebtel
Jan 07, 2018 5:05 pm

Look for bigger savings steelwork is a small component in reinforcement concrete (See pie graph above)

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 05, 2018 9:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
fixedprice
fixedprice
3 January 2018

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Always makes me happy when I see people helping out with this issue. Keep up the good work!

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fixedprice
Jan 03, 2018 11:46 am
JB1
JB1
24 December 2017

Unlicenced plumbers.

Unlicenced plumbers.

It's in the owner building section so no builder. Ask the plumber to provide a solution. Let's hope you haven't paid much of the bill. I'd also be calling the…

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JB1
Dec 24, 2017 2:44 pm
OB Melb 1
OB Melb 1
8 December 2017

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

I'm owner building an extension in Melbourne. Need to build a slab for my extension. Can anyone suggest a concrete contractor with a VBA registration? PM me if that…

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OB Melb 1
Dec 08, 2017 10:54 am
manofaus
manofaus
8 December 2017

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

I too would like to know how you get costings from BIM software? How do you get the hourly rate and productiveness from it for people in the area that you live?

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manofaus
Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am
manofaus
alexp79
alexp79
29 November 2017

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Aren't you supposed to attach OSB to the steel frame first and then attach underlay and tiles to the top? Steel's thermal expansion coefficient is around 2.5 higher than wood/pine.

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alexp79
Nov 29, 2017 12:26 am

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