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David Fisher
David Fisher
11 July 2012

Importing Double Glazing

Importing Double Glazing
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We are starting the process of having a house built. We would love to have upvc double glazing but I'm told its very expensive over here. Has…

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David Fisher
Jul 11, 2012 1:00 pm
JMAP
JMAP
10 July 2012

Non-Slab concreting costs

Non-Slab concreting costs

All, Just wondering what some people have paid for driveway/footpaths/Entertainment area slabs? What im looking for is a rough p/sqm cost if possible including all…

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JMAP
Jul 11, 2012 12:04 am
BradS
BradS
9 July 2012

Keeping kids out of building site

Keeping kids out of building site

The unfortunate truth of it all is that if these kids hurt themselves, even if they have climbed the fence, the builder would still get sued and find himself in court.…

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BradS
Jul 09, 2012 11:01 am
mimi23
mimi23
6 July 2012

Help With Window Colour on Beige Rendered House

Help With Window Colour on Beige Rendered House

What colour are your gutters, fascia, garage door and front door? You could either match the windows to your gutters and/or fascia or match them to your garage door. I…

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mimi23
Jul 06, 2012 3:14 pm
mimi23
Mclaren
Mclaren
5 July 2012

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On
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Congratulations ... what a driveway!! :: :: Place is looking great ... ::lol::

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Mclaren
Jul 05, 2012 12:37 pm
Mclaren
owaaco
owaaco
2 July 2012

Employing family and friends on an owner build

Employing family and friends on an owner build

Dear JMAP, Thank you also for how much you have said. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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owaaco
Jul 02, 2012 2:42 pm
nick44
nick44
30 June 2012

Rules regarding a garage attached to a timber clad house ???

Rules regarding a garage attached to a timber clad house ???

Hi ... can anyone tell me what the regulations in Vic are regarding a garage connected to a new timber clad house. Can the garage be a continuation of the timber house or…

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nick44
Jun 30, 2012 4:17 pm
JB1
JB1
29 June 2012

stair case

stair case

Looks like a very stylish stair case, well done!

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JB1
Jun 29, 2012 3:49 pm
JB1
JB1
29 June 2012

Plumber Quotes

Plumber Quotes

Townhouse... 2 bathrooms 3 toilets 3 gas points connection of water tank to toilets. downpipes etc.. $10k. Now, drainage plumber for storm water and sewerage, I rather…

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JB1
Jun 29, 2012 3:48 pm
TamK
TamK
24 June 2012

Demolition > Excavation > Footings - Which Tradesmen?

Demolition > Excavation > Footings - Which Tradesmen?

Where abouts are you? I'm in Perth so we may do things differently here. We used separate earthworks contractors to excavate and do the sand pad. After we'd got the…

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TamK
Jun 24, 2012 9:39 pm
foc1
foc1
15 June 2012

Material costs for an internal wall and a door.

Material costs for an internal wall and a door.

Timber studs should be around 450mm apart plus noggings pine is around $1.10 pm, then plaster around $12 per 1200x2400 sheet, dont forget finishing plaster for joins…

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foc1
Jun 15, 2012 11:27 am
PaulMac
PaulMac
14 June 2012

Roofing over the top of an old roof

Roofing over the top of an old roof

You can't lay Zinc over Gal, it will cause galvanic corrosion....

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PaulMac
Jun 14, 2012 10:29 pm

Still not sure where my photos have gone to. Gotta love the digital world. :) Timber been Delivered.…

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tristan
Jun 03, 2012 12:29 am
tristan
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rnb design
Jun 01, 2012 7:34 pm
4drake9
4drake9
29 May 2012

cost to finish from lock up

cost to finish from lock up

Yep builderforlife is on it. Most of whats left should be realitivly easy to estimate. Drop you plans off to your local guy at home timber or mitre 10 one of those and he…

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4drake9
May 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Brett854
Brett854
27 May 2012

Roofing Problems help

Roofing Problems help

Hi, I'm not a qualified roof plumber but i do sell Colorbond roofing so i have a fair knowledge of all things roofing. Firstly you obviously have a very poorly installed…

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Brett854
May 27, 2012 10:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
26 May 2012

Curious about owner builder

Curious about owner builder

go for it youve got way more experience then we started with and even builders make mistakes you also have time on your side to actually research each stage and build it…

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bingoshelley
May 27, 2012 12:50 am
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Bam
May 14, 2012 11:36 pm
Bam
djh53
djh53
12 May 2012

DH is a Building Supervisor but should we do it?

DH is a Building Supervisor but should we do it?

Tough one. Our kids were 3, 1 and one on the way when we built our place. We went OB because my wife had an unusual design, but we both found the experience stressful. …

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djh53
May 12, 2012 12:59 pm
tristan
tristan
11 May 2012

Contract options for getting a builder to complete to lockup

Contract options for getting a builder to complete to lockup

Hi RiH, You will love it. I decided not to use a builder because i wanted to be the owner builder. but have some thoughts for you. :) If you are having a building…

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tristan
May 11, 2012 10:39 pm
tristan

Hi Our kit home supplier originally specified water resistant plasterboard for the alfresco and verandah linings. We are in a cold climate where we get a lot of fog and…

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paulw11
May 09, 2012 4:54 pm
jazzman1974
jazzman1974
8 May 2012

Soil test & survey in Perth

Soil test & survey in Perth

HI Scoofy We have had soil testing done by UTS Soiltec, was $700 ish a few yrs ago. Used a local surveyor, Ben Nash, found him cheaper than others around the area. Drop…

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jazzman1974
May 08, 2012 7:06 pm
matt240k
matt240k
1 May 2012

termite stickers

termite stickers

Hi. My certifier has told me I need termite stickers under the sink and in the meter box, and told me "you buy them from the MBA fro 70 cents each." well that's not quite…

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matt240k
May 01, 2012 1:11 pm
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
30 April 2012

CORRUGATED EXTERNAL WALL VENTS

CORRUGATED EXTERNAL WALL VENTS

ALLVENT Ventilation Products 62 Enterprise Drive BERESFIELD NSW 2332 T: 1300 883 544 F: 02 4966 8455 E: info@allvent.com.au Hope this is helpfull.

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barkersontheblock
Apr 30, 2012 3:48 pm
Jean_home
Jean_home
28 April 2012

Prefab stairs?

Prefab stairs?

Hi Builder for life, Me too, I'm building in Port Melbourne. My ceiling height is 2.77m. Can you pass me his contact please? Thank you! Jean

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Jean_home
Apr 28, 2012 11:05 am
keepa
keepa
21 April 2012

Looking for a Plumber in Maribyrnong Area

Looking for a Plumber in Maribyrnong Area

Hi all, I'm looking for a decent plumber in west Melbourne area, around Maribyrnong. My sister and I are OB 2 double story townhouses and need somebody for pre slab work…

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keepa
Apr 21, 2012 2:47 pm
delatite13
delatite13
20 April 2012

First owner build project- SE suburbs

First owner build project- SE suburbs

I think the reasoning behind it is that regardless whether or not it is in your name you still "enjoy" the the aspects of the project. ie It would be very hard to say that…

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delatite13
Apr 20, 2012 9:46 pm
delatite13
Yadie05
Yadie05
20 April 2012

Plumber for New Home in SE Melbourne?

Plumber for New Home in SE Melbourne?

My FIL is a plumber does all area's, doesn't charge an arm and a leg like others. Although he is free for me haha. PM me if you want his details ::smile::

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Yadie05
Apr 20, 2012 4:15 pm
Yadie05
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
19 April 2012

Cost of new home plumbing?

Cost of new home plumbing?

Drainage and connection of water (Tap installed at meter site) - pre slab $2600 (you can see my thread for pictures to give you and idea of size and location of…

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lynny-jane
Apr 20, 2012 12:30 am
lynny-jane
Vess
Vess
16 April 2012

Window Changes after Council Approval

Window Changes after Council Approval

I did my own Basix certificate and from what i understand and can remember Basix cares about m2 of glass, glass type and frame material. I don't think I specified the…

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Vess
Apr 16, 2012 9:25 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
15 April 2012

Order of site preparation

Order of site preparation

Floor levels usually should…

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docker_rob
Apr 15, 2012 9:19 am
docker_rob
Ian Moone
Ian Moone
31 March 2012

Want to build a new house in Perth - advice/tips need!!!

Want to build a new house in Perth - advice/tips need!!!

I hear you Chippy, He did however finish building back in 1985, 3 years before I started my apprenticeship. No actually he was still…

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Ian Moone
Mar 31, 2012 5:15 am
Elyas
Elyas
24 March 2012

Brick Walls and timber studs

Brick Walls and timber studs

Thanks for the info mgilla, I appreciate it mate. The cracking is more noticable with the small roof space as the temperature variation in the the roof space from day to…

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Elyas
Mar 24, 2012 3:11 pm
mgilla
mgilla
23 March 2012

Sealing Grout

Sealing Grout

Use PureSeal. it comes in a spray can or a tin. Not cheap its about $30+ a can but does a fantastic job. I used it on the black grout of my pool water line tiles 3 years…

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mgilla
Mar 23, 2012 7:50 am
veseli
veseli
20 March 2012

What was the most stressful component of your build?

What was the most stressful component of your build?
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Bindi if your weepholes are covered with roof flashing you will definitely get water leaks in the near future, that is a structural problem. You flashing and weepholes are…

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veseli
Mar 20, 2012 9:41 pm
JLD
JLD
17 March 2012

What do you expect in a $2m property?

What do you expect in a $2m property?
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I disagree with previous posters who say you can't get $2M in Richmond, you sure could at 24sq each, a great finish and great location but it really depends on the market…

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JLD
Mar 17, 2012 9:59 am
Matymoo
Matymoo
14 March 2012

Shed/Garage:- Brisbane City Council

Shed/Garage:- Brisbane City Council

Hi all. I've just purchased a block in Bracken Ridge and will start building in a few months. It's a corner block so I'd like to eventually put a garage/shed at the back…

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Matymoo
Mar 14, 2012 7:36 pm
Matymoo
zarz
zarz
13 March 2012

Trusses - Supply and Install

Trusses - Supply and Install

Hi guys I was wondering if anyone in Melbourne have got thier trusses supplied and installed. I'm getting a few quotes for trusses and have found a couple companies who…

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zarz
Mar 13, 2012 11:14 pm
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
13 March 2012

Finance - who are you with?

Finance - who are you with?

I'm still recovering my dignity from an appointment with our building society a couple of weeks ago. We had borrowed to buy our land and used money from the sale of our…

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lynny-jane
Mar 13, 2012 10:18 pm
lynny-jane
donuts9999
donuts9999
13 March 2012

Looking for a roof tiler in south east melbourne

Looking for a roof tiler in south east melbourne

Hi , can anyone recommend a good reliable roof tiler that works in the south east suburbs?

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donuts9999
Mar 13, 2012 1:34 pm
drpopper
drpopper
11 March 2012

Kit homes

Kit homes

I know someone who built a kit home through PAAL kit homes to replace their old house which burnt down on Black Saturday and they had a positive experience. There are also…

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drpopper
Mar 11, 2012 8:11 pm
drpopper
Bam
Bam
10 March 2012

Hi all new to all this are we doing things right?

Hi all new to all this are we doing things right?
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Here are some things from our list: Final Drawings Owner Builder permit Arrange finance Appoint Surveyor Building Permit Insurance Temporary Fence Portable loo …

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Bam
Mar 10, 2012 10:38 pm
Bam
bindi
bindi
9 March 2012

Rubbish Removal

Rubbish Removal

If you are looking for Rubbish removal services, i would say Rubbish Removal provides great service , here is the link http://www.rubbish-removal-melbourne.net/ to their…

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bindi
Mar 09, 2012 9:42 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
7 March 2012

Dropped ceiling - plywood or plaster?

Dropped ceiling - plywood or plaster?

The lining will also used to improve the accoustic properties of the room as well - the walls are all insulated concrete forms, so the roof will…

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docker_rob
Mar 07, 2012 3:20 pm
docker_rob
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
2 March 2012

Online purchases - savings...

Online purchases - savings...

I bought my LED downlights From www.choiceLED.com.au spent about $3500 on entire house was about 90 downlight a few flood lights as well. Heath

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barkersontheblock
Mar 02, 2012 12:22 pm
donuts9999
donuts9999
1 March 2012

Building up to lock up stage ONLY !

Building up to lock up stage ONLY !

Hi there are builders that will do that just need to ring around and find them. What area are you in? Im in the process at the moment in getting prices to do exactly that.…

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donuts9999
Mar 01, 2012 10:50 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
25 February 2012

Builders merchants ??

Builders merchants ??

Thanks for the great replies ! Can you build on pretty much any land or does it have to be a certain "zoning" if I've read right ? Is it possible…

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ECOECO
Feb 25, 2012 7:47 am
ECOECO
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CC101
Feb 22, 2012 12:58 am


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