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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
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 29, 2011 11:31 pm
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 2:13 am
chardy
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 5:11 pm
fairy blue
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 9:51 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 9:04 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 9:32 pm
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 6:40 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 6:50 am
docker_rob
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 3:01 pm
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 5:56 am
Victoria_g06
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 8:33 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 10:28 am
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 8:14 am
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 12:35 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 3:02 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 7:38 pm
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 3:01 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 9:05 am
Nika25


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