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Escape2country
Escape2country
23 December 2011

Buying Land, traps and tricks?

Buying Land, traps and tricks?
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Depending on your slope and exact layering of subsoil, you may not even need piers. That will depend on what the engineer comes up with , not…

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Escape2country
Dec 23, 2011 8:38 pm
Eiffel
Eiffel
17 December 2011

Chippy's Build. We're in! Not finished, but almost.

Chippy's Build. We're in! Not finished, but almost.
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Hi Chippy - hope you are still around?? Just came across your thread and was hoping you may have a picture of your kitchen bench/upstand all…

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Eiffel
Dec 17, 2011 2:39 pm
Eiffel
billyz
billyz
15 December 2011

concreter needed, Melbourne Northern Subs......please!

concreter needed, Melbourne Northern Subs......please!

hi lisa give SA Concrete a call on 0418 126 945 (Shannon) he did a bit of concrete work around our house including an amazing exposed aggregate driveway his from dooreen

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billyz
Dec 15, 2011 3:22 pm
Steve
Steve
12 December 2011

Feature posts

Feature posts

a) Yes it is possible. You could treat them and put them inground (ie traditional post and beam style) or you could pour concret pad footings and attach the posts to them…

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Steve
Dec 12, 2011 11:42 am
Steve
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 December 2011

mixing concrete for footings

mixing concrete for footings

They ( either the certifier or the engineer ) won't test it but usually the engineer wants to have a look at the footing steel in place before the concrete pour and…

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Stewie D
Dec 01, 2011 12:12 am
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
22 November 2011

DIY kitchen

DIY kitchen

I was going to get the integration kit and yes put them each behind a door. I will see if our builder/carpenter will return to help us with this as I found the specs a bit…

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mrssnowden
Nov 22, 2011 9:47 am
MissVintage
MissVintage
17 November 2011

Schloss am Meer .... ten weeks in!

Schloss am Meer .... ten weeks in!
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Hey K - I cant believe you have been in for 10 weeks. That is so so great, you must be happy with that. I cant wait to come round and have a look, your decoration ideas…

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MissVintage
Nov 17, 2011 6:47 pm
MissVintage
Flatlined
Flatlined
15 November 2011

How to build stud walls within existing sloped ceiling?

How to build stud walls within existing sloped ceiling?

Wow. Thanks very much for the answers. In my diagram I tried to show a wall in the centre of the room (coming towards us in my picture in the…

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Flatlined
Nov 15, 2011 10:36 am
Flatlined
chippy
chippy
7 November 2011

2nd Fix Questions

2nd Fix Questions

Hi Yetti. I assume you mean Hardi sheet not hardiplank for your eaves. The usual way to fix the eaves lining isn't as you have described. The sheet fits into a groove in…

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chippy
Nov 07, 2011 10:55 am
chippy
veseli
veseli
3 November 2011

Owner builder project management software ?

Owner builder project management software ?

The best one is Microsoft Project. All others are just copies. As someone mentioned no software will tell you how long it will take one plumber to install pipes, unless…

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veseli
Nov 03, 2011 9:47 pm
Nika25
Nika25
31 October 2011

House drawings

House drawings

We needed the same for our 26sq double-storey house. As I mentioned before in other topic we found very good draftsman, who did it for only $2k, including land surveying,…

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Nika25
Oct 31, 2011 10:05 am
Nika25
amgsl55
amgsl55
28 October 2011

Good Plumbers in Adelaide?

Good Plumbers in Adelaide?

All Works Plumbing, they live up that side of town. Have an excellent reputation in Adelaide - speak to Gabor

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amgsl55
Oct 28, 2011 4:01 pm
newob2011
newob2011
25 October 2011

Recommendations for Southern Sydney

Recommendations for Southern Sydney

I am a new Owner Builder and about to embark on a major brick veneer extension and other modifications to my house in the St George/Sutherland area. With work commitments…

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newob2011
Oct 25, 2011 8:38 pm
Ballabil
Ballabil
24 October 2011

glass balustrading

glass balustrading

Hi Ed thanks again for your reply . I will start my description again and I will post a pic . We have several decks the one in question is upstairs. As a balustrading we…

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Ballabil
Oct 24, 2011 4:02 pm
veryupset
veryupset
19 October 2011

Tiler & painting quotes?

Tiler & painting quotes?

My parents have just been ripped off by a con man who while a licenced painter has taken advantage of their old age. The house looks awful. I wish I was allowed to put…

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veryupset
Oct 19, 2011 1:35 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 October 2011

Owner Builder Loan - Independent Advice Report Builder Recom

Owner Builder Loan - Independent Advice Report Builder Recom

I'd still approach a couple of builders rather than anyone else for this and pay them for their time as you already mention. Probably quicker and cheaper. Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 19, 2011 9:14 am
B STAR
B STAR
17 October 2011

locked up stage

locked up stage

Generally lock up will be about 60% of the final cost of a house but this could vary by +/- 10%.depending on the level of…

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B STAR
Oct 17, 2011 11:28 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 October 2011

Your Home

Your Home
1, 2

My comments about sustainable features adding costs to a build were concerning mostly solar power and water tanks. All the other things already mentioned like orientation…

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Stewie D
Oct 17, 2011 9:33 am
Victoria_g06
Victoria_g06
17 October 2011

PLEASE COMMENT- poured concrete (colured) ‘installed’

PLEASE COMMENT- poured concrete (colured) ‘installed’

I that happened on the renovators.. I think they had to repour the top layer because the rain weakened the top layer. ( I think he had to scrape some off) It was keenan…

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Victoria_g06
Oct 17, 2011 6:56 am
Victoria_g06
Art
Art
14 October 2011

What parts of the build did the budget blowout during OB'ing

What parts of the build did the budget blowout during OB'ing

This is where we blew out * bathroom fixtures and fittings * cabinetry * tiling This was because I chose rectified tiles and had them done…

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Art
Oct 14, 2011 4:01 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
14 October 2011

pad footings size

pad footings size

Footings size, type of cement mix, and steel within - should all be determined by an Engineer I know Clay footings are different to sand footings and even then different…

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docker_rob
Oct 14, 2011 7:50 am
docker_rob
chatterbox
chatterbox
11 October 2011

what happens at a house final??

what happens at a house final??

Hi, Can anyone tell me what actually happens when the person comes around to give you the house final?? I know they will want to see the various certificates -…

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chatterbox
Oct 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Fitzyplumber
Fitzyplumber
9 October 2011

Plumber - Hourly Rate or quote?

Plumber - Hourly Rate or quote?

you get what you pay for if you dont know how fast they work the $88 plumber could be slow but the $65 could be fast if un sure just stick with the quote (its safe) but…

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Fitzyplumber
Oct 09, 2011 10:32 pm
Fitzyplumber
Fitzyplumber
9 October 2011

Estimating cost of Steel Frame Kit Home

Estimating cost of Steel Frame Kit Home

Hi massa i am just about to do the same i do have a size house in my head but want to know how much it will roughly cost if what i think is cheap i will upsize the house…

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Fitzyplumber
Oct 09, 2011 10:04 pm
fireflies
fireflies
7 October 2011

Downlights - what should I look for?

Downlights - what should I look for?

Hi there, I've been looking at downlights on Ebay and wondering what sort of things I should be looking for? I would like LED ldownlights but I am…

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fireflies
Oct 07, 2011 10:51 pm
fairy blue
fairy blue
6 October 2011

BUDGET - What did you forget?

BUDGET - What did you forget?

No worries, gotta fill my school holidays some how!

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fairy blue
Oct 06, 2011 6:11 pm
fairy blue
chardy
chardy
1 October 2011

Owner build granny in light steel - Any advice?

Owner build granny in light steel - Any advice?

Thanks Fireflies. Very happy with comfort, the whole house heat recovery ventilation is essential though as it is quite an airtight construction. No problems with…

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chardy
Oct 01, 2011 3:13 am
chardy
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
29 September 2011

Price of Steel Framed Kit Homes

Price of Steel Framed Kit Homes

I built with Nu-steel homes and found the cost to get their guys to do some of the work was excessive. I have since heard that the manager at the time was getting quotes…

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Hills Guy
Sep 30, 2011 12:31 am
Leamary
Leamary
25 September 2011

Round or Square Holes for Foundations

Round or Square Holes for Foundations

Thanks for all the advice everyone. The holes are actually 600mm deep so will do some test digging by hand anyway - luckily it's a sandy loam which, being a gardener as…

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Leamary
Sep 25, 2011 3:59 pm
piscean
piscean
24 September 2011

To Use a Site Supervisor or Not!!

To Use a Site Supervisor or Not!!

this just sounds like miscommunication, because he quoted you on arranging the tradies and materials initially, he only added on the extra when you also asked him to also…

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piscean
Sep 24, 2011 5:18 pm
lowau
lowau
23 September 2011

Two storey houses and scaffolding

Two storey houses and scaffolding

Shop around for scaffolding. I got quotes ranging from $8800 for 4 weeks, $450 per week afterwards to $4500 for 4 weeks and $250 after. This was all up for two town…

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lowau
Sep 23, 2011 4:50 pm
Steve
Steve
21 September 2011

Things That Could and/or Did go Wrong With Owner Building

Things That Could and/or Did go Wrong With Owner Building

My major advice would be to spend longer in the planning stages and then stick to your plan. Plans on Sketch-up cost nothing to play with, but once you start building…

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Steve
Sep 21, 2011 6:30 am
Steve
alt0160
alt0160
13 September 2011

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

Grate advice RiH! *takes notes* (we are doing our own earthworks and supplying a lot of stuff, tapware, bathtub, etc that isnt covered under our builder's insurance)

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alt0160
Sep 13, 2011 11:52 am
JMAP
JMAP
31 August 2011

+20T of clean fill available 15km's of 2176 - delivered

+20T of clean fill available 15km's of 2176 - delivered

As per the subject, I will have 20 tonne of clean fill (you can take the grass too if you like :) ) in the next week or 2 that ill need to get rid of by the following week…

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JMAP
Aug 31, 2011 5:45 pm
NickS
NickS
26 August 2011

Our first OB What a ride

Our first OB What a ride
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awesome guys, nice to see a detailed thread like this

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NickS
Aug 26, 2011 6:07 pm
Steve
Steve
25 August 2011

Double Glazed timber windows

Double Glazed timber windows

Country Style Windows in Queanbeyan built our timber framed double glazed windows, excellent job at a fair price, great service and very good to deal with, I would…

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Steve
Aug 25, 2011 9:21 pm
Steve
ChargerWA
ChargerWA
20 August 2011

Ideas for a tender doc for draftsmen

Ideas for a tender doc for draftsmen

Work out what you need from the Drafty, that way they can give you a quote to specifically supply that. For council approval I needed (and I assume most councils are the…

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ChargerWA
Aug 20, 2011 2:29 am
ChargerWA
KAN
KAN
13 August 2011

Getting the gas moved - or disconnected

Getting the gas moved - or disconnected

We did a knock down rebuild in Sydney and the lines had to be abolished before any demolition or building took place. The Gas company actually come out and dig your gas…

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KAN
Aug 13, 2011 1:51 pm
CoNNiE
CoNNiE
9 August 2011

How much do caulking specialists charge?

How much do caulking specialists charge?

I dont know how much it was per linear metre, but we paid $900 (inc GST) for our 36sq home, and were very happy with the work that was done.

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CoNNiE
Aug 09, 2011 10:38 pm

You could build a timber stud in front of the double brick and make a cavity…

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chrisandkate
Aug 09, 2011 4:15 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
9 August 2011

How to patch a downlight hole in the ceiling?

How to patch a downlight hole in the ceiling?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmm02R7F ... re=related but I would put the batten in the centre of the hole and screw the plaster patch to the batten, that way it won't…

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chrisandkate
Aug 09, 2011 11:35 am
JMAP
JMAP
8 August 2011

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

This is a call out to ALL that have travelled down this well trodden path before me and I need some help from being fleeced... Insurance - specifically construction and…

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JMAP
Aug 08, 2011 4:26 pm
eyspy
eyspy
6 August 2011

What will it cost me as an owner/builder ?

What will it cost me as an owner/builder ?
1, 2, 3, 4

If I go by the people who have done it, it seems achievable in my budget but if I believe the other figure, I am well short. I can get a complete…

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eyspy
Aug 06, 2011 10:03 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
5 August 2011

My Harrington MKIII saga begins.......

My Harrington MKIII saga begins.......

So...do we have any forward movement in the last 9 months???? We are in but still things to finish.

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Raleighfarm
Aug 05, 2011 11:03 pm
Raleighfarm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
5 August 2011

Temporay Fence

Temporay Fence

I doubt the excavator would want the fencing up (ours didn't) he preferred to have more rood to move around.

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chrisandkate
Aug 05, 2011 5:06 pm
Jervisbay
Jervisbay
2 August 2011

What's the correct order of doing things?

What's the correct order of doing things?

Hi, From what I saw for my contruction, all paintings were completed before floor covering started. Good luck

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Jervisbay
Aug 03, 2011 12:00 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
2 August 2011

Anyone had a builder build to lock up & then OB fit out?

Anyone had a builder build to lock up & then OB fit out?

You need an OB licence for any work over $11,000. You can save a lot PMing but I dont think you could save 50%. More like 10-20%. Prefab steel frames or kit homes save a…

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chrisandkate
Aug 02, 2011 5:36 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
1 August 2011

Plastic hot/cold water plumbing system

Plastic hot/cold water plumbing system

We're trying to find a builder, but one promising lead is that the guys next door to our block has built his house in around three months, and wants me to OB on my block…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Aug 01, 2011 4:25 pm
Pepsi_Drinker


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