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docker_rob
docker_rob
30 March 2011

Building Estimators

Building Estimators

Thanks guys. Will be going with Jason also. Most impressed he will come out on site to have a look and chat about what we are doing and what we are working with. Being…

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docker_rob
Mar 30, 2011 11:21 pm
docker_rob
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
31 March 2011

What's the best product to oil/stain meranti?

What's the best product to oil/stain meranti?

What product would you recommend for staining/oiling meranti door frame base forth entry and shopper's entry from the garage doors?

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blueblueblue
Mar 31, 2011 8:02 am
nemisis
nemisis
1 April 2011

Owner builder in Adelaide

Owner builder in Adelaide

He may have meant that you will need someone with a licence to sign off on the building at the end. You can OB, I built my home myself (other…

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nemisis
Apr 01, 2011 11:11 pm
mrngorickets
mrngorickets
5 April 2011

Letter for planning application

Letter for planning application

Hi, Thanks very much for this comment. It help me to think about my ideals. Tks again and pls keep posting. If you want to get more materials that related to this…

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mrngorickets
Apr 05, 2011 8:07 pm
river_lucy
river_lucy
6 April 2011

CONCRETE & VOLATILE/REACTIVE SOILS

CONCRETE & VOLATILE/REACTIVE SOILS

Hi Revup Firstly, I wouldn't be taking advice from people who don't know your specific site conditions (i.e. on this forum). If your site has highly reactive soils,…

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river_lucy
Apr 06, 2011 1:46 pm
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
8 April 2011

What's the best order of doing things?

What's the best order of doing things?

Thanks chippy! Would you recommend plywood be installed before or after painting? (plywood to go on top of hebel floor-under direct stick timber floor)

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blueblueblue
Apr 08, 2011 8:25 pm
jess p
jess p
16 April 2011

How long does painting take?

How long does painting take?

it took our guys 2 weeks for the whole start to finish...not spray though...

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jess p
Apr 16, 2011 2:08 pm
barker
barker
17 April 2011

Reverse 'something' veneer build Please give some input!

Reverse 'something' veneer build Please give some input!

Hey Aza. Post your plan on the custom designed floorplan thread. Lots of people look at that and can give you ideas.

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barker
Apr 17, 2011 7:26 pm
barker
river_lucy
river_lucy
18 April 2011

Scaffolding Recommendations - Sydney

Scaffolding Recommendations - Sydney

Ummm... bit late guys - but thanks anyway! I got 4 quotes & we ended up going with Trojan - They are very professional & really worked to get us a good quote. Very…

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river_lucy
Apr 18, 2011 12:10 pm
mark_sorehands
mark_sorehands
22 April 2011

Ocean Grove Project

Ocean Grove Project

hi thanks, nope no bricks, hate 'em and expensive. there won't be any stormwater issues up where the house will sit, its all down hill from there. i did the design/plans…

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mark_sorehands
Apr 22, 2011 2:31 pm
Purplegirl
Purplegirl
24 April 2011

Newbie on the block

Newbie on the block

A couple more questions... anyone used / know anything about the 'Home building system' ??http://www.homebuildingsystem.com.au/modules/mastop_publish/ also anyone have…

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Purplegirl
Apr 24, 2011 3:46 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
25 April 2011

Tips on Pegging Out ?

Tips on Pegging Out ?

we had a simple square design but setting out a house has to be spot on it only cost us $40 to get a builder to come set it out for us one thing ive learnt along this…

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bingoshelley
Apr 25, 2011 11:17 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
25 April 2011

Question, Termite barrier under slab requiments

Question, Termite barrier under slab requiments

It is either :wink: not both :n: and yes penetrations DO require some detail :wink:

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onc_artisan
Apr 25, 2011 10:15 pm
onc_artisan
fredjasper
fredjasper
26 April 2011

MUD BRICK HOUSE

MUD BRICK HOUSE

Any one have any idea or working knowledge of how to repair a large crack in amud brick wall

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fredjasper
Apr 26, 2011 1:09 pm
arniedog
arniedog
27 April 2011

Roofer does the roofing what work does the roof plumber do.

Roofer does the roofing what work does the roof plumber do.

Thanks guys, just had a quote back from one company and they have included gutters and downpipes in their price. Thanks

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arniedog
Apr 27, 2011 8:24 pm
chippy
chippy
5 May 2011

mezzanine flooring + tilt up/precast concrete

mezzanine flooring + tilt up/precast concrete

Hi Benjamin, and welcome. Once you have it drawn up and engineering done then you will know exactly what fixings have been specified. Typically mechanical (dyna bolts) or…

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chippy
May 05, 2011 1:19 am
chippy
turbojas
turbojas
5 May 2011

Car Parking requirements Banyule area Melbourne

Car Parking requirements Banyule area Melbourne

Thanks for your response bingoshelly, I am going to give it another crack at dealing with planning office....have not been overly helpful in the past. I find it really…

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turbojas
May 05, 2011 11:21 pm
indidi
indidi
17 May 2011

Occupancy Certificate

Occupancy Certificate

We are building ourselves and just getting our place ready for Certificate of Occupancy. Our private Building Surveyor said we only need to have the bathroom fully…

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indidi
May 17, 2011 9:12 am
TamK
TamK
18 May 2011

The Green Residence (WA)

The Green Residence (WA)

Congrats on taking the plunge to do it yourselves and I hope it goes really well for you this time around. At least you'll have a much better idea of what will work for…

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TamK
May 18, 2011 1:53 am
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 1:46 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 1:07 pm
kexkez
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blueblueblue
May 25, 2011 10:08 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 10:09 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 27, 2011 12:13 am
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 2:45 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 7:50 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 11:38 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 9:56 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 2:36 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 3:21 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 1:06 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 8:20 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 2:04 pm
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jemsaf
Jun 19, 2011 11:03 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 2:51 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 10:17 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 12:54 pm
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 1:18 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 03, 2011 12:18 am
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 8:24 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 11:47 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 10:52 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 5:37 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 3:26 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 8:46 pm


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