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tezzab
tezzab
9 June 2013

Our Owner Build in Country Victoria.

Our Owner Build in Country Victoria.

Welcome to OB'ing. I don't have advice from having been there, but am going to follow your thread in prep for my build. You seem to have much covered, and am sure experts…

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tezzab
Jun 09, 2013 5:36 pm
tezzab
leighton
leighton
7 June 2013

Our build on acreage in Nillumbik VIC

Our build on acreage in Nillumbik VIC

Depending on the BAL rating we open doors inwards so screens can go on the outside. This is an ember attack level thing. cheers

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leighton
Jun 07, 2013 7:48 am
leighton
BradS
BradS
5 June 2013

Owner Builder - Hawkesbury Sydney

Owner Builder - Hawkesbury Sydney

Have you worked out windows yet? Who did you end up going with?

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BradS
Jun 05, 2013 1:34 pm
candycandy
candycandy
4 June 2013

Building Site Signage

Building Site Signage

Just click on the signs themselves. They will open up into a PDF...

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candycandy
Jun 04, 2013 9:16 pm
hsvboy11
hsvboy11
3 June 2013

My custom build in country vic

My custom build in country vic
1, 2, 3

The splashback is a glass tile with a…

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hsvboy11
Jun 03, 2013 8:38 pm
chuth77
chuth77
29 May 2013

Substandard electrical work

Substandard electrical work

Cabling sounds a bit light to be honest... 35mm2 @ 80 Amps with a 5% voltage drop can be run for a maximum of 128 meters... Looks it's not too bad... Just means if when…

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chuth77
May 29, 2013 9:46 am
Twistop
Twistop
28 May 2013

house extention

house extention

Assuming the details are correct, you don't really need an engineer. Just stay with the building code (BCA) or AS1684. But, really I just take the finished plans to a…

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Twistop
May 28, 2013 8:20 pm
dvgreen
dvgreen
28 May 2013

buybuildingsupplies.com.au

buybuildingsupplies.com.au

I've used them on several occasions and give them the thumbs up. Purchased a load of plasterboard, timber and skylights. They have heaps of products listed in the site…

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dvgreen
May 28, 2013 1:08 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
27 May 2013

Any one here done the owner builder course?

Any one here done the owner builder course?

Cheers guys..some good info.. Going to do the day course on the sat..

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Perthguy
May 27, 2013 8:59 pm
samsoft24
samsoft24
27 May 2013

Private Certifiers for cdc approvals

Private Certifiers for cdc approvals

We live at The Ponds which is northwest of sydney

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samsoft24
May 27, 2013 7:00 pm
samsoft24
advertisingfree
advertisingfree
23 May 2013

How to level a ceramic tile sloped floor?

How to level a ceramic tile sloped floor?

Thanks for your reply. The room is empty and is not being used for anything. I plan to install floating floor (laminate flooring), then put up new plasterboards on walls…

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advertisingfree
May 23, 2013 6:40 pm
Johnson
Johnson
22 May 2013

ideas on bringing in building team from Tas to build in WA

ideas on bringing in building team from Tas to build in WA

This does sound a wee bit crazy (no offense). My builders' rates here in Tassie range from $45 plus GST for carpenters, to $65-$75 plus GST for project managers / leads. …

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Johnson
May 22, 2013 10:57 am
Johnson
jamt007
jamt007
20 May 2013

building to lockup and beyond

building to lockup and beyond

Greetings this is more of an info thing, but I thought I'd share Just got off the phone with ANZ (im in perth if that makes any difference to info) I have a property loan…

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jamt007
May 20, 2013 5:03 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 May 2013

OBs and contract for labour only

OBs and contract for labour only

The first thing I will say is that if you are using a friend you have common element often found in disputes when the wheels fall off. If you are using a friend assume you…

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building-expert
May 20, 2013 3:07 pm
building-expert
memphis
memphis
19 May 2013

New OB in Perth...double brick or brick veneer

New OB in Perth...double brick or brick veneer

While brick veneer is likely more superior in energy ratings, having anything other than double brick in WA may shoot your re-sale in the future. Brick veneer may also…

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memphis
May 19, 2013 9:14 pm
memphis
fernley
fernley
17 May 2013

Termite Treatment

Termite Treatment

Thanks for the recommendation.

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fernley
May 17, 2013 8:34 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
16 May 2013

Newbie first OB carport into Hair Salon. Plzzzzzzzzzzzz Help

Newbie first OB carport into Hair Salon. Plzzzzzzzzzzzz Help

Cheers m8, have emailed these last week but still no reply email yet? http://www.saltdamp.com.au/index.htm#intro.html

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Perthguy
May 16, 2013 8:59 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
14 May 2013

Draftsman reqd Perth, Hamerlsey area?

Draftsman reqd Perth, Hamerlsey area?

Hi there....sorry for the late reply. yes that would be kool. I have been quoted 1500 bucks just for the carport which we a turning into a living room. The issue i…

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Perthguy
May 14, 2013 10:52 pm
Homemade house
Homemade house
12 May 2013

Cost to get one waste pipe put in before slab pour?

Cost to get one waste pipe put in before slab pour?

Hi - we are about to start our new house and I have just one waste pipe that needs to be put in place for the downstairs toilet before the slab pour (all other pipes will…

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Homemade house
May 12, 2013 11:38 am
bashworth
bashworth
10 May 2013

Trenches

Trenches

Have a read of this which offers some good advice. http://www.sawater.com.au/NR/rdonlyres/ ... ions10.pdf

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bashworth
May 10, 2013 10:52 pm
bashworth
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

Lockup/OB and ross squires

Lockup/OB and ross squires

Hi Justin, Try going through Neil directly from Frametec. He does all the ross squire stuff anyway take or email the plans to him and he should be able to provide a…

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 7:05 pm
cjbarker
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

Discussion - building from recycled and salvaged materials

Discussion - building from recycled and salvaged materials

I think a design is a must, but all designs transform and evolve as the build progresses. We had many take place. we used a lot of recycled Jarrah as this is hard to get…

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 6:40 pm
cjbarker
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

OB estimators in Perth

OB estimators in Perth

Yep, Jason at West Coast Estimating did ours too, was very helpful and provided support for getting Bank funds at those really necessary points in the project.

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 5:45 pm
cjbarker
greenify
greenify
8 May 2013

Builder's license?

Builder's license?

I would recommend you engage a project manager or builder for your first project. Stick close to them and learn. If you think building is for you then get your…

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greenify
May 08, 2013 6:43 pm
tezzab
tezzab
8 May 2013

Owner builder courses in Vic

Owner builder courses in Vic

The Gordon. Gordon TAFE, Geelong. Bit of travel though. :cry: T

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tezzab
May 08, 2013 10:30 am
tezzab
melbbuild
melbbuild
6 May 2013

Melbourne owner builder concern - two townhouse OB??

Melbourne owner builder concern - two townhouse OB??

Hi Ell, thanks for your reply I actually submitted the two applications forms in today by mail but I left the "unit number" box blank under Property Details. I also…

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melbbuild
May 07, 2013 12:31 am
smitho
smitho
27 April 2013

Raised concrete slab questions

Raised concrete slab questions

Hi greenify. Photos would be great! PM them to me if you can. Thanks!

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smitho
Apr 27, 2013 11:40 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
27 April 2013

No Occupancy Certificate

No Occupancy Certificate

I really don't know the legalities, but I would imagine that it wouldn't be up to the agent as such, but I would expect the onus would be on the vendor to disclose it in…

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How Hard Can it Be
Apr 27, 2013 9:18 am
Dave and Kate
Dave and Kate
26 April 2013

Hey am after quotes for the following trades

Hey am after quotes for the following trades

Thanks Greenify much appreciated. Hubby been in the building industry for years but there is only so much he can do :(

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Dave and Kate
Apr 26, 2013 4:39 pm
Dave and Kate
Dave and Kate
26 April 2013

Buying house from China for Perth

Buying house from China for Perth

THanks everyone for ur replies. After talking to some local builders that deal with kit homes they said dont touch them. THey even have major problems with Australian…

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Dave and Kate
Apr 26, 2013 4:32 pm
pauljygrant
pauljygrant
25 April 2013

Any decent Footings contractors in Adelaide?

Any decent Footings contractors in Adelaide?

Hi, I am looking for contractors to do the concrete footings for my new house. Are there any decent contractors in…

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pauljygrant
Apr 25, 2013 10:45 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
23 April 2013

Considering OB'ing our small extension

Considering OB'ing our small extension
1, 2

After my initial 'enthusiasm', I've been a bit quiet in here of late. Two reasons, one is that we mainly now just need to think about it all and decide which way to go -…

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How Hard Can it Be
Apr 23, 2013 6:47 pm
genpk
genpk
21 April 2013

old wall stud sizes

old wall stud sizes

Had the meetings with the engineer. Was really interesting.He is an older engineer and had span tables going back years for jarrah etc. Reckons the studs are fine as AS…

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genpk
Apr 21, 2013 8:49 am
TinaG
TinaG
16 April 2013

Final cost of off-grid infrastructure - our breakdown.

Final cost of off-grid infrastructure - our breakdown.

Interesting, thanks for sharing. So you have a PV system with batteries, is that correct?

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TinaG
Apr 16, 2013 4:49 pm
Marmalade
Marmalade
15 April 2013

Is cost over run normal ?

Is cost over run normal ?

looks great JB1, very nice choice of tiles too!

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Marmalade
Apr 15, 2013 8:51 am
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
14 April 2013

Draughts person recommendations.

Draughts person recommendations.

Can anyone recommend a good Draughtsman in Geelong or Melbourne. How long would it generally take a Draughtsperson to draw up all your plans if you were basically giving…

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DefenderOwner
Apr 14, 2013 2:18 pm
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Bella
Apr 12, 2013 7:54 pm
Bella
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
12 April 2013

Melbourne Elictrician anyone? This one's a rippa!!

Melbourne Elictrician anyone? This one's a rippa!!

When we owner built last year we used the company that this guy worked for but he did the complete job himself. He came anytime, anyday we…

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DefenderOwner
Apr 12, 2013 6:23 pm
fernley
fernley
12 April 2013

First Time Owner Builder

First Time Owner Builder

@JB1 Can you please share with me your trade contact details that you would recommend. I'm going to be OB for my build and it would help greatly. Please PM me if it is…

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fernley
Apr 12, 2013 1:13 am
tezzab
tezzab
7 April 2013

The Complete Plumber

The Complete Plumber

Thanks JB1, Building in a rural area, and from a few checks have found several mobs that do employ all the varieties of plumbers as staff, not contract them in. Same…

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tezzab
Apr 07, 2013 10:10 pm
tezzab
tezzab
tezzab
7 April 2013

how about me a newowner builder with help of a site manager?

how about me a newowner builder with help of a site manager?

Strongly agree with bashworth on all points. An OB may save $$ IF they themselves properly manage the project. Employing a Site Manager is an additional cost factor, with…

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tezzab
Apr 07, 2013 7:34 pm
tezzab
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
7 April 2013

Temporary occupancy rules (VIC) for a new build

Temporary occupancy rules (VIC) for a new build

Thanks Shelley. According to our builder, the private inspector is a bit a of a stickler so I will wait and see how the builder gets on with him before raising the temp.…

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RocksInHead
Apr 07, 2013 3:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
7 April 2013

owner builder buying merterial question

owner builder buying merterial question

what do u mean by "Trust them, but also watch their mark-ups (ask them how they cost the materials beforehand -- an 18-20% "builder's margin" is…

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bingoshelley
Apr 07, 2013 3:46 am
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
5 April 2013

1st time ob what a ride

1st time ob what a ride
1 ... 18, 19, 20

thanks fairy and nez we are very proud ,although im pretty picky now its done, and can see where we could have done way better, but no-one else even notices it. we were…

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bingoshelley
Apr 05, 2013 1:31 am
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Room2Breathe
Apr 01, 2013 5:36 pm
tezzab
tezzab
20 March 2013

CFA Spec Driveway

CFA Spec Driveway

Thanks Smootdee, Definitely on a "hill", running down over 1.5metres for 60 metres, then I plan to drop down to finished floor level of house, so a 2 metre drop over 20…

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tezzab
Mar 20, 2013 10:48 pm
tezzab
lloydyboy
lloydyboy
19 March 2013

newby owner builder

newby owner builder

Hi We are looking at owner building a two storey house in the northern suburbs of Perth. We've never done anything like this before, but I am a carpenter and would like to…

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lloydyboy
Mar 19, 2013 4:14 pm


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