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Zac
Zac
24 February 2011

Did anyone do their own site scrape?

Did anyone do their own site scrape?
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I don't know all the technical stuff you two were talking about, we're using a…

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Zac
Feb 24, 2011 10:45 pm
jaffadog
jaffadog
27 February 2011

owner build v's local builder

owner build v's local builder

had thought of that, but then again they would probably make more out of it by doing it that way than if the whole thing was done by owner builder. The advantage to them…

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jaffadog
Feb 27, 2011 10:04 am
gkx64
gkx64
27 February 2011

Warning for up & coming OB in SE suburbs of MELB

Warning for up & coming OB in SE suburbs of MELB

It's funny how most people complained about tradies, with my project I came across a whole bunch of good people. Apart from my F'ing Project manager whom I hired to…

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gkx64
Feb 27, 2011 12:51 pm
ledgend80
ledgend80
28 February 2011

Where to buy mesh to put on rangehood duct?

Where to buy mesh to put on rangehood duct?

if you go to either the heating section or around the roof vent sections they had vent grills. i think everything was cheaper from the heating section. and then i guess if…

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ledgend80
Feb 28, 2011 4:57 am
barker
barker
4 March 2011

Verandah width

Verandah width

The software is punch pro home design. Have to buy it unfortunately. Apart from insulation, polished concrete floors, reverse brick veneer to living areas and the…

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barker
Mar 04, 2011 9:54 am
barker
bashworth
bashworth
5 March 2011

Beam size for Cyclone Yasi reclaimed timber structure.

Beam size for Cyclone Yasi reclaimed timber structure.

If its not in the table I think a local engineer would be the best person to ask

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bashworth
Mar 05, 2011 8:20 am
bashworth
No cats allowed
No cats allowed
5 March 2011

Has anybody built with component homes Wangara?

Has anybody built with component homes Wangara?

Hi Thanks for the info, will certainly look into it. The house is a Ronsard villa 31, if anyone out there is wondering although it doesn't look like one now as the roof…

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No cats allowed
Mar 05, 2011 2:01 pm
chippy
chippy
5 March 2011

Finally a positive update!!!!!

Finally a positive update!!!!!

Yay!!! Good on you K. So good to hear a positive you. That house and possie is going to be reward you many times over. A few months of pain will long forgotten. Reminds me…

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chippy
Mar 05, 2011 10:04 pm
chippy
nemisis
nemisis
6 March 2011

How many bags of cement for 6000 bricks ?

How many bags of cement for 6000 bricks ?

1 bag (20kg's) will give you about 150 bricks. That's mixing 4to1 (4 sand, 1 cement)

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nemisis
Mar 06, 2011 10:59 pm
kristofw
kristofw
9 March 2011

Free Owner-Builders Manuals

Free Owner-Builders Manuals

Hi kristowfw, we are looking at starting some additions later this year and would be keen to get hold of these :D .pm me and I'll organise pickup.…

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kristofw
Mar 09, 2011 2:50 pm
kristofw
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
10 March 2011

Perth -recommendation 4 best type of septic system for rural

Perth -recommendation 4 best type of septic system for rural

Hi Rebecca, We have installed well partially installed a standard septic with leach drains but we used one 4000ltr plastic tank and a grey water diverter wich has its own…

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barkersontheblock
Mar 10, 2011 3:52 am
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
10 March 2011

Budget - how much per square metre?

Budget - how much per square metre?

To be safe I would say allow $1,000 per sqm. If it comes in under = BONUS :)

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blueblueblue
Mar 10, 2011 2:32 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
13 March 2011

Completely gutted

Completely gutted
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New user here, hopefully as they say, "All's well that ends well" ? But my $0.02 is just to chip in and say that (in SA) you can go to your locksmith and he'll sell you a…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Mar 13, 2011 12:05 am
Pepsi_Drinker
girlonamission
girlonamission
13 March 2011

OB Financing

OB Financing

I'm new to these boards (I was directed here from a parenting forum that I frequent :D ). I wish I'd found it sooner! My husband & I have just started building our house…

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girlonamission
Mar 13, 2011 4:09 pm
girlonamission
girlonamission
13 March 2011

Breez Financial - Owner Builder Finance

Breez Financial - Owner Builder Finance

Hi, sorry for bringing up a post that is a few months old - I was just wondering what you guys ended up doing with regards to finance? Did you end up dealing with this…

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girlonamission
Mar 13, 2011 4:28 pm
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Hitchy
Mar 14, 2011 12:23 am
Woodchip
Woodchip
14 March 2011

Has anyone extended their Owner Builder insurance?

Has anyone extended their Owner Builder insurance?

Hi Hitchy, Ours was with Buildsafe, yes its no problems at all, & its for about the same price(it cost a bit more maybe a $100-150 more), but the extended period of…

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Woodchip
Mar 14, 2011 2:31 pm
TamK
TamK
14 March 2011

Helpful lighting store in Perth?

Helpful lighting store in Perth?

Hi. I've posted this on the lighting forum group but thought some of you helpful owner-builders might be able to help me. Just wondering if anyone can recommend a helpful…

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TamK
Mar 14, 2011 2:55 pm
TamK
TamK
15 March 2011

Advice needed - whether to OB or use a builder

Advice needed - whether to OB or use a builder

My 2c worth is it depends if you're in a hurry to move in or not!!! I can see that if you were in a rush to move in it would be super stressful and a bit tricky…

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TamK
Mar 15, 2011 8:02 pm
gkx64
gkx64
18 March 2011

How to work out what materials needed

How to work out what materials needed

Hi Sax. You would not have to worry about getting the materials as an OB anyway, most of the tradies you contract throughout the project would have supply the materials…

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gkx64
Mar 18, 2011 7:02 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
19 March 2011

Our last O/Build project & still great fun!!

Our last O/Build project & still great fun!!
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Hi Tony hope life is treating you good,I can't remember if you told me what colour your flooring is know it's vinyl.If you dropped a knife on it do you think it would…

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pattycake4
Mar 19, 2011 4:18 pm
strobo
strobo
24 March 2011

Brick veneer or concrete?

Brick veneer or concrete?

Thanks for your replies. Yes, definitely would not expect to gain 30% more on resale price if I go for concrete. Never considered tilt panels as an option. Will have to…

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strobo
Mar 24, 2011 12:51 pm
TamK
TamK
25 March 2011

Printing plans

Printing plans

I got our A1's laminated at Snap Printing.

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TamK
Mar 25, 2011 12:30 am
blueblueblue
blueblueblue
26 March 2011

Balustrade reinforcing - before or after plasterboard?

Balustrade reinforcing - before or after plasterboard?

Our plasterer seems to think that mdf will be impossible to bend around the curve part of the floor joist and that it wouldn't be strong enough to have balustrading fixed to it :(

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blueblueblue
Mar 26, 2011 8:18 am
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 10:21 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 7:02 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 10:11 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 7:07 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 12:46 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 7:25 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 1:08 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 6:26 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 11:10 am
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 1:31 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 2:46 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 10:17 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 9:15 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 12:09 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 7:24 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 12:19 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 10:21 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 8:12 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 12:53 am


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