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BuilderBoy
BuilderBoy
18 May 2011

Plans Approved > Were Do I Start ?

Plans Approved > Were Do I Start ?

Have you got quotes for everything, tradesmen ready?

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BuilderBoy
May 18, 2011 12:46 pm
kexkez
kexkez
21 May 2011

Project:NorthamWA:

Project:NorthamWA:

Well I am looking forward to see how you go. I love reading the OBing threads on here. Very envious. PLease post a pic of your block so we can all drool.

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kexkez
May 21, 2011 12:07 pm
kexkez
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blueblueblue
May 25, 2011 9:08 pm
froudie
froudie
26 May 2011

Building a stud wall on top of a lower concrete block wall

Building a stud wall on top of a lower concrete block wall

It looks like I have made some progress thanks to the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia and Adbri (in particular Wayne Holt and Boris Georgiou - thanks…

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froudie
May 26, 2011 9:09 am
Purplegirl
Purplegirl
26 May 2011

Rebuilding after arson fire - and the April Curse!

Rebuilding after arson fire - and the April Curse!
1, 2, 3

Hey Lucy, I love the photos of your 4 legged site supervisor! Your pics of removing the water from the roof tarps reminded me of a dinner in Ho chi Minh city a few years…

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Purplegirl
May 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Reccymech
Reccymech
1 June 2011

A little Help Here

A little Help Here

Thanks for the replies guys, all sort of what I was thinking. Pricing for the plans was what I was roughly going to budget for (+/- $5000), and no I haven't raised this…

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Reccymech
Jun 01, 2011 1:45 pm
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
1 June 2011

Builders Quote Vs OB

Builders Quote Vs OB

Are you prepared to spend lots of time shopping around and getting quotes? Ate you prepared to do some work yourself? Do you know some people in the building industry or…

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blueblueblue
Jun 01, 2011 6:50 pm
d@n
d@n
2 June 2011

First time Owner builder

First time Owner builder

The house is impressive. But 3 bathrooms..hmm. :th: Enjoy the cleaning.

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d@n
Jun 02, 2011 10:38 am
tuned86
tuned86
5 June 2011

Secret Nailing T & G flooring

Secret Nailing T & G flooring
1, 2, 3, 4

lol 200m2 took me 9 months to install...but not to scare you. Concrete prepin', grinding leveling, plywood underlay and finally laying the boards. First time i've laid…

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tuned86
Jun 05, 2011 8:56 pm
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
10 June 2011

Termites

Termites

Hi staycold, You can use Fortune 500 termicide if you can get it most farming suppiers should carry it its really nasty stuff just mix it with water and pour around your…

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barkersontheblock
Jun 10, 2011 1:36 am
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
10 June 2011

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

Hi Mark, Concrete sleepers work well for retaining walls they are very easy to install only difference is over here in WA we use concrete posts instead of steel wich are…

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barkersontheblock
Jun 10, 2011 2:21 am
nathanbudde
nathanbudde
10 June 2011

What's a good program to design house?

What's a good program to design house?

Hi Cathy, I am not farmilar with My Virtual Home but on other programs when you have different roof pitches you sometimes need to manually build the roof instead of an auto build.

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nathanbudde
Jun 10, 2011 12:06 pm
nathanbudde
justo
justo
14 June 2011

Waste Water Systems

Waste Water Systems

Hi Heath, Thanks for the feedback - im going to follow up on that now. Cheers

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justo
Jun 14, 2011 7:20 pm
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
17 June 2011

Fuller Max Bond Fast Grip equivalent in other brands?

Fuller Max Bond Fast Grip equivalent in other brands?

Thanks Steve. I ended up bying 40 tubes of Fuller Max Bond after all. It was the hebel manufacturer's recommendation so I thought I better be safe...

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blueblueblue
Jun 17, 2011 1:04 pm
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jemsaf
Jun 19, 2011 10:03 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
21 June 2011

A question re OB selling property....

A question re OB selling property....
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Well there wasn't any defects listed. My point being that if any were listed, then we are deemed to have taken…

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How Hard Can it Be
Jun 21, 2011 1:51 pm
mark_sorehands
mark_sorehands
23 June 2011

Need Drafting designing geelong area

Need Drafting designing geelong area

I am trying to find a good drafter/designer in the Geelong area. I want someone who knows quite a bit about building design, types of materials, spans, roof design, post…

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mark_sorehands
Jun 23, 2011 9:17 am
theoneandonly?
theoneandonly?
27 June 2011

Plumbing to Water Tank

Plumbing to Water Tank

i watched a friend do his hook up to his tank about a month or so ago he had either 8 or 9 downpipes dug a trench with one of them digger things (cost him 280 to hire it…

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theoneandonly?
Jun 27, 2011 11:54 am
MiainBundy
MiainBundy
27 June 2011

Has anyone bought windows, doors or roof tiles from china?

Has anyone bought windows, doors or roof tiles from china?

I'm not going to say anything negative about this country, until I get back home lol. My VPN has been disconnected, there is lots of spyware on my PC, and some kind of…

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MiainBundy
Jun 27, 2011 12:18 pm
MiainBundy
1sthome
1sthome
2 July 2011

Procedue for laying foundations & slab

Procedue for laying foundations & slab

Rls are reference levels or heights. Sorry for late reply, been building. ;)

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1sthome
Jul 02, 2011 11:18 pm
BusyNick
BusyNick
6 July 2011

Klip Lok roofing

Klip Lok roofing

Has anyone priced flat deck roofing made out of Klip Lok or similar? I am being told about $100 per Sq Meter. Any recommendations for Melbourne SE suburbs roofing…

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BusyNick
Jul 06, 2011 7:24 pm
sunmonkey
sunmonkey
10 July 2011

design for 33° south latitude WA

design for 33° south latitude WA

Thanks architect - wise words. I usually have fairly different ideas to most people and this design will be another example of this, so I'll go through the usual process…

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sunmonkey
Jul 10, 2011 10:47 am
dreamcometrue
dreamcometrue
14 July 2011

Building our Dream Hillbank SA

Building our Dream Hillbank SA

Wow! Now I'm really interested - I couldn't imagine building a house myself although hubby had contemplated building a mud brick house and a strawbale home at one time or…

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dreamcometrue
Jul 14, 2011 9:52 pm
dreamcometrue
chippy
chippy
19 July 2011

Recommendation for a fixing carpenter

Recommendation for a fixing carpenter

Not sure about the eastern states but rotans prices are about right for over in the west. Maybe even a little lower. $400 is very cheap.

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chippy
Jul 19, 2011 4:37 pm
chippy
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
21 July 2011

Certificate of Occupancy :: Victoria

Certificate of Occupancy :: Victoria

There is 0% chance you will get a Cert of Occ without doing the things they ask. I doubt that dividing the work will affect your status as OB unless you are considering…

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chrisandkate
Jul 21, 2011 2:26 pm
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
27 July 2011

Building a new home ourselves

Building a new home ourselves

Hi You may be able to get a good price from a kit home builder, or even approach local builders in your area. If you can pay cash upon delivery they will benifit from the…

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Hills Guy
Jul 27, 2011 7:46 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
1 August 2011

what is maximum size subfloor access door?

what is maximum size subfloor access door?

So long as you have the right lintel to support the bricks you can have the door as wide as l you like. Perhaps a double brick row around the door frame would also help…

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chrisandkate
Aug 01, 2011 2:05 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 3:25 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
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 4:36 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 02, 2011 11:00 pm
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 4:06 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 10:03 pm
Raleighfarm
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 9:03 pm
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 3:26 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 10:35 am

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

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chrisandkate
Aug 09, 2011 3:15 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 9:38 pm
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 12:51 pm
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 1:29 am
ChargerWA
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 8:21 pm
Steve
NickS
NickS
26 August 2011

Our first OB What a ride

Our first OB What a ride
1 ... 10, 11, 12

awesome guys, nice to see a detailed thread like this

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NickS
Aug 26, 2011 5:07 pm
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 4:45 pm
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 10:52 am
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 5:30 am
Steve
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 3:50 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 4:18 pm
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 2:59 pm


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