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Hills Guy
Hills Guy
29 January 2011

Plumbing rough in, before or after bricks start

Plumbing rough in, before or after bricks start

Befor the bricks. There is more space and it saves time when roughing in the plumbing. If you have a cavity on demand hotwater service your brickie will need it roughed in…

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Hills Guy
Jan 29, 2011 8:55 am
just Erin
just Erin
30 January 2011

Tradesman

Tradesman

1. What do you do if you just cant get the revent tradesman to work on your project ( I have tried 6 times to get a plumber to give me a…

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just Erin
Jan 30, 2011 8:50 am
just Erin
baccman
baccman
30 January 2011

good draftsman

good draftsman

New Owner Builder in regional Victoria (west) We are emabrking on the owner builder journey. I have a plan but need a good, reliable, knowledgable draftsman to draw up.…

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baccman
Jan 30, 2011 9:42 am
donuts
donuts
30 January 2011

Ground Slab vs suspended slab

Ground Slab vs suspended slab

I would have thought baccman means that he may consider building an elevated house, eg Queenslander type? and therefore wondering about the difference in structure given…

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donuts
Jan 30, 2011 3:12 pm
donuts
Nandi
Nandi
30 January 2011

How much do arched windows cost?

How much do arched windows cost?

Hi Guys We are building our home in Sydney for the very first time and are bit clueless about QUITE a few things:) We have signed up for the tender and are in the…

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Nandi
Jan 30, 2011 8:15 pm
sleven
sleven
31 January 2011

Fair price?

Fair price?
NSW

My 1200mmx2410mm bi-fold window cost me $2780 - not sure what size yours is - so that may be some type of comparison for you? (this was upgraded before tender and contract stage)

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sleven
Jan 31, 2011 12:12 pm
sleven
river_lucy
river_lucy
31 January 2011

looking for Builder and Draftsman

looking for Builder and Draftsman

Hi GreyRex I'm in Sydney & have used a really good drafty - not sure where he's located - Newcastle way? He didn't have any problems travelling if we needed to. He's…

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river_lucy
Jan 31, 2011 1:00 pm

Here is a pic from the house we were renting last year - it came with a front loader that was siting on some drawers - was very…

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BayBuild
Jan 31, 2011 5:24 pm
BayBuild
bendo
bendo
3 February 2011

Demolition of Suspended Slab - Help

Demolition of Suspended Slab - Help

Thanks for your suggestion, in the end we hired a concrete saw and did it in blocks. It was slow work but we got there in the end. We put the blocks into a skip bin so all…

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bendo
Feb 03, 2011 2:39 pm
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
5 February 2011

what licences do i need ????

what licences do i need ????

The answer varies with the state you are in. You obviously need a licenced electrician and plumber to sign off on their work, and in SA you would need a licenced…

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Hills Guy
Feb 05, 2011 8:55 am
Southies
Southies
5 February 2011

Pro Pics of our extension...

Pro Pics of our extension...

what a delightful home :: :: :: :: !!! looking forward to MORE pics, please. :z: :z:

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Southies
Feb 05, 2011 10:35 am
Southies
Casa2
Casa2
7 February 2011

Copying Builders Plans - e.g. Metricon/Porter Davis

Copying Builders Plans - e.g. Metricon/Porter Davis

It's interesting how you've asked three builders to put together your ideas and they then put their copyright on the plans. If you have records that show that they…

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Casa2
Feb 07, 2011 12:20 pm
Bam
Bam
12 February 2011

Our extension begins...NEW PICS 1st FEB pg 2!

Our extension begins...NEW PICS 1st FEB pg 2!
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I thought the pendant light was a bee hive at first! lol Yah to moving in!!

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Bam
Feb 12, 2011 11:14 am
Bam
T&V
T&V
13 February 2011

Few Tips for 1st time O/b's

Few Tips for 1st time O/b's
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CUTTING ROOF or WALL SHEETS : Helped a friend with a little roofing job today, which involved cutting a colourbond sheet length ways. he was very surprised when he saw how…

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T&V
Feb 13, 2011 2:37 am
Brett854
Brett854
16 February 2011

Owner Builders Courses

Owner Builders Courses

T&V this is our first O/B and it is going to be our dream home. We bought the land a few months ago and planned to use a builder originally, but now we are starting to…

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Brett854
Feb 16, 2011 8:43 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
17 February 2011

Auctions for Bathrooms and Kitchens

Auctions for Bathrooms and Kitchens

grays in melb have some awesome kitchens at huge savings BUT you need to make sure they will fit the space you have and check all the cupboards and doors as some can be…

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bingoshelley
Feb 16, 2011 11:35 pm
T&V
T&V
17 February 2011

looking at owner building

looking at owner building

ALWAYS go for 2 smaller tanks rather tha 1 big one - we put in a 90,000 lt rainwater tank attached to shed (& later house) b4 we built the house so we'd have rainwater as…

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T&V
Feb 17, 2011 2:10 am
Woodchip
Woodchip
17 February 2011

Help - should I be owner builder

Help - should I be owner builder

Hi, My take on it is that it will be cheaper(initially), because no Home warranty Ins will be needed if you OB, unless you sell the house within 7 yrs (im talking NSW,…

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Woodchip
Feb 17, 2011 8:06 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
17 February 2011

Roofing regulations

Roofing regulations

hi from what i understand in victoria if your replacing an old roof like for like you can diy it if its a new roof then you need a plumbing certificate and cant diy it. my…

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bingoshelley
Feb 17, 2011 10:56 pm
1sthome
1sthome
18 February 2011

OB in NSW - new regulations make it hard?

OB in NSW - new regulations make it hard?

We got in under the old $50 online diy course before the regs changed. :) The new courses take more time and can be expensive but are probably still worth it as you could…

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1sthome
Feb 18, 2011 12:55 pm
1sthome
1sthome
18 February 2011

Extent of OB work.

Extent of OB work.

Here's our list on a renno: designed plans ourselves got draftsman to draw them up got surveyer in made DA applicaiton ourselves got engineer in go plumber in, will dig…

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1sthome
Feb 18, 2011 1:08 pm
1sthome
1sthome
18 February 2011

OHS & Work Cover

OHS & Work Cover

I understand that WorkCover has no jurisdiction if you're an OB and living in the place. WC said I didn't need workers comp if not employing anyone. I just need to…

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1sthome
Feb 18, 2011 1:12 pm
1sthome
1sthome
18 February 2011

Owner Builder: habitable, residency, occupied what's needed?

Owner Builder: habitable, residency, occupied what's needed?

There are several reasons for wanting to live in the house whilst being rennovated but I'd like clarification on what's necessary to be able to say you're still living…

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1sthome
Feb 18, 2011 1:36 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
18 February 2011

BUILDING LAP POOL

BUILDING LAP POOL

Yep, 2 skins and concrete infill, render and liner :wink:

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onc_artisan
Feb 18, 2011 8:52 pm
onc_artisan
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
19 February 2011

My New...ish house in Toowoomba build story

My New...ish house in Toowoomba build story
1, 2, 3, 4

well well well aweeeeeeeeeeeeeesomeeeee absolutely loving it all great job bet your glad its nearly over. youve done a fantastic job and after seeing your blueboard…

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bingoshelley
Feb 19, 2011 10:03 am
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
19 February 2011

FS: Temporary Fencing

FS: Temporary Fencing

great idea bam good luck cheap as chips guys snap it up quick ::lol:: ::lol:: ::lol:: ::lol:: ::lol::

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bingoshelley
Feb 19, 2011 8:55 pm
Casa2
Casa2
21 February 2011

What's better than hydrochloric acid?

What's better than hydrochloric acid?

For tools, you might want to try Crete-wash. For walls, the trick is to scrap off all large lumps. You just want the acid to work on the last thin slice of mortar. Don't…

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Casa2
Feb 21, 2011 8:26 am
free will
free will
21 February 2011

Complying Development Vs new State based System?

Complying Development Vs new State based System?

For NSW, the complying development rules under SEPP can be found here http://housingcode.planning.nsw.gov.au/ ... D&tabid=42 You can also use local council rules as well…

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free will
Feb 21, 2011 10:42 pm
Pulpo
Pulpo
23 February 2011

Acrows - new or 2nd hand?

Acrows - new or 2nd hand?

I have purchased a couple on ebay second hand, seemed fine. I noticed in Victoria they seem to sell for more than NSW 2nd hand. Good idea to buy over hire and should get…

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Pulpo
Feb 23, 2011 10:06 am
smsoh
smsoh
23 February 2011

Home Building System

Home Building System

I heard ANZ and CBA doesnt do OB in my…

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smsoh
Feb 23, 2011 9:17 pm
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
1, 2

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



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