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Notsubtle
Notsubtle
21 March 2010

Extension draftsman fees - fair assessment?

Extension draftsman fees - fair assessment?

Thanks bingoshelley....that is sounding more like I hoped..we're Ballarat...so see how we go with this drafty first !! Thank-you :)

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Notsubtle
Mar 21, 2010 10:42 am
perksyaus
perksyaus
22 March 2010

Building a Straw Bale up in QLD

Building a Straw Bale up in QLD

Hi Greenie We had estimated around $250,000 based on $1200 Per SQM. But we are on an E site and the footing cost has blown out :( We are trying to pull back some of…

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perksyaus
Mar 22, 2010 4:01 pm
arms
arms
24 March 2010

quicka flooring

quicka flooring

any one used this system of flooring in their house project ,i am trying to compare it with the concrete peir and adjustable head type of sub floor ,any advice appreciated

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arms
Mar 24, 2010 8:53 am
arms
kayandandy
kayandandy
25 March 2010

Epoxy Resin floor

Epoxy Resin floor

I have seen this in a magazine and Ihave to say it looks awesome. I know it is normally used commercially but it certianly has the WOW factor and from what I have read is…

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kayandandy
Mar 24, 2010 11:32 pm
borg
borg
27 March 2010

Installing plasterboard and flushing - going hourly rate?

Installing plasterboard and flushing - going hourly rate?
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hi, sorry i had to change my username as i didn't read the T&C's properly.. oops Borg - that was just a rough estimate without knowing the…

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borg
Mar 27, 2010 7:32 pm
borg
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shaine
Apr 02, 2010 10:24 am
Rod1949
Rod1949
6 April 2010

External Foam Cladding - Ceilite Insulation

External Foam Cladding - Ceilite Insulation

I used Rmax's exinflex (meshed on one side) for two reasons - 1 - being they have a factory here in Perth to deal with (but the sheets came from the east) and 2 - the mesh…

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Rod1949
Apr 06, 2010 2:58 pm
Bam
Bam
6 April 2010

Bout time i post in here.

Bout time i post in here.
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Its looking great Simon! And you both look so happy :)

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Bam
Apr 06, 2010 8:04 pm
Bam
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 April 2010

AS standards and windows

AS standards and windows

What I find so frustrating is that whilst I appreciate these standards are there to protect consumers Australia HAS to stop playing so…

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ECOECO
Apr 08, 2010 12:51 pm
ECOECO
theyetti
theyetti
9 April 2010

Adelaide O/B Construction Inspector Recommendations

Adelaide O/B Construction Inspector Recommendations

Single story steel is what I am licenced for, need to get around to upgrading it (one day) I got my licence specifically for my own OB, but am…

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theyetti
Apr 09, 2010 12:17 am
kid81
kid81
9 April 2010

How many nails?

How many nails?

In a pre fab house a chippy would use under 1000. In a conventionally framed house however, different story. work on an average of 9 per lineal meter of wall. Size of the…

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kid81
Apr 09, 2010 9:56 am
Lol
Lol
9 April 2010

Liability Insurancs

Liability Insurancs

Thanks Guys Has anyone actually had to claim from FD Beck & Sons or anyone else though? Talk to me PLEASE I have to decide this week Lol

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Lol
Apr 09, 2010 4:57 pm
kayandandy
kayandandy
16 April 2010

Underway

Underway

I am rather excited about it! Meeting the concreter tomorrow! Got a lead on a bricklaying team! I hope this is true about these school projects. I have been told that…

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kayandandy
Apr 16, 2010 12:09 am
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Bam
Apr 17, 2010 10:56 pm
Bam
theoneandonly?
theoneandonly?
20 April 2010

Do you get discounts for cash anymore??

Do you get discounts for cash anymore??

unless you actually know the tradie or its a good mate of someone you know and have seen their work, know their skills, and generally know them to be honest...i wouldnt…

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theoneandonly?
Apr 20, 2010 11:47 am
GavScott
GavScott
20 April 2010

SA - Domestic Building Work Contract

SA - Domestic Building Work Contract

Hi Folks, Just wondering what OBs in SA are using for Domestic Building Work Contract? I know they're needed for contracts over $12K, Form 1 (available from Service SA)…

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GavScott
Apr 20, 2010 11:01 pm
Bam
Bam
21 April 2010

How much is colourbond roofing?

How much is colourbond roofing?

Someone deleted it, but left it quoted in your post so Im going to edit it out :P

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Bam
Apr 21, 2010 10:51 pm
Bam
builda
builda
24 April 2010

Who can run our owner builder project?

Who can run our owner builder project?

Many states are the same and definitely in Victoria a 'Project Manager' for a Domestic Building project MUST be a registered builder to give you all the protection that…

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builda
Apr 24, 2010 12:11 am
builda
builda
builda
24 April 2010

Amount of Roofing Required?

Amount of Roofing Required?

It does seem a bit high but if the roof pitch is steep then you will need more roof area to cover the floor area. Also, are there verandas and large eaves that also need…

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builda
Apr 24, 2010 9:22 am
builda
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royalblue
Apr 24, 2010 10:16 pm
TDS
TDS
26 April 2010

Excavator company rec? Melbourne

Excavator company rec? Melbourne

Sounds like you are sorted Bam with TDS, good to see someone in the know who knows what the best prices are. Since you are in the game TDS do you…

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TDS
Apr 26, 2010 12:32 am
leebuild
leebuild
12 July 2010

Commodore homes just signed up for the Bathurst

Commodore homes just signed up for the Bathurst
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hi there are a few of us on this thread we ambushed matt s site we have all had many delays as long as you know paperwork will be at least 6 to 7 months. This delay could…

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leebuild
Jul 12, 2010 10:14 pm
issy jo
issy jo
28 April 2010

Owner Builder and steps checklist

Owner Builder and steps checklist

Hi, maybe you should try the "owner builder forum". You would get better expertise advice in this area from that forum.

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issy jo
Apr 28, 2010 10:33 pm
issy jo
kimfyfe
kimfyfe
29 April 2010

Attic and roof design

Attic and roof design

thanks Nomad, very helpful. The roof is not even started yet so i think getting it trussed will be the better idea

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kimfyfe
Apr 29, 2010 6:51 pm
andrewc
andrewc
1 May 2010

Anyone get an exemption for the BCA Req' RainW Tank / Solar?

Anyone get an exemption for the BCA Req' RainW Tank / Solar?

Both wwater and electricity remain too cheap in Victoria to make it economically viable for either system. You will just need to wait until the…

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andrewc
May 01, 2010 8:56 am
saemiseon
saemiseon
3 May 2010

Subdividing, renovation and new home

Subdividing, renovation and new home

I know it doesn't mention on the website..just need to call up council and double check. We double-checked already and it's confirmed 100% it's a shame but yes. You might…

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saemiseon
May 03, 2010 1:52 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
3 May 2010

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

To post the plans join a site such as photobucket.com and then copy the img code into your post.

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Deemaree
May 03, 2010 8:42 pm
Deemaree
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
6 May 2010

Can anyone help please?

Can anyone help please?

I have used art haus world (both as a web service and visiting when I go to Melbourne.) They sometimes have great specials, and a big range of…

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Hills Guy
May 06, 2010 10:52 pm
Lex
Lex
7 May 2010

Your slab, what to look out for?

Your slab, what to look out for?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Just wanted to share this. There was some discussion in another thread about reo and mesh touching the waffle pods, the plastic, or even the external formwork. Of course,…

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Lex
May 07, 2010 12:55 am
Lex
igo470
igo470
10 May 2010

i need a spreadsheet HELP

i need a spreadsheet HELP

The working link is the one at th bottom of the page. The first link is broken. PS: Moderator, could you add a note beside the first link (broken) to enable visitors to…

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igo470
May 10, 2010 1:35 pm
kayandandy
kayandandy
11 May 2010

Insulated garages and other housey musings

Insulated garages and other housey musings

Whilst I wait patiently for quotes to start rolling in (it seems Mr Rudd and his school money are making things tough for the likes of me!) I have been looking into…

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kayandandy
May 11, 2010 11:20 pm
jazzman1974
jazzman1974
12 May 2010

Grano Workers in Perth, WA

Grano Workers in Perth, WA

Hi All Was wondering if any of the Perth OB's out there might want to pass on the details of their grano workers. Our poposed house is about 560sqm's all up, so wanting…

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jazzman1974
May 12, 2010 2:09 pm
kid81
kid81
12 May 2010

Location of concrete watertank

Location of concrete watertank

keep it clean and you wont have a problem. mozzies thrive in water that has decaying matter in it. if you keep the overflow area free from leaves and dont allow a moss or…

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kid81
May 12, 2010 4:32 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
13 May 2010

Hello to everyone!

Hello to everyone!

hey mel welcome to the wonderful crazy world of ob lol just remember the only dumb question is the one you dont ask gl

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bingoshelley
May 13, 2010 1:27 am
kayandandy
kayandandy
13 May 2010

Grano booked, need a second plumbing quote

Grano booked, need a second plumbing quote

Hi All I am soooooooooo excited. We have confirmed our ground level pad today and cant believe we are finally starting. At the last minute we decided we wanted polished…

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kayandandy
May 13, 2010 7:54 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
16 May 2010

Let's get started

Let's get started

hey mel great to hear i knew most do it now i found out that stone homes site for you its www.stonekithomes.com.au as for being cheaper well its always cheaper to do…

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bingoshelley
May 16, 2010 3:00 pm
Hammerhead
Hammerhead
19 May 2010

Cost of tiling?

Cost of tiling?

Our (bad) experience has been DO NOT CHOOSE A TILER on COST alone :-( Went on a verbal recommendation without having seen his work. 'Nothing fancy, 300 x 600 rectified'.…

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Hammerhead
May 19, 2010 6:50 am
Hammerhead
Jazzie
Jazzie
19 May 2010

Rebuilding Fawlty Towers!

Rebuilding Fawlty Towers!

Thanks for all your positive replies everyone :) Oh Caeser Stone :oops: it was Glazier - thought the small sample looked white, that's until the two pack kitchen was installed :shock:

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Jazzie
May 19, 2010 7:51 am
Jazzie

OBing in the Blue Mountains NSW

OBing in the Blue Mountains NSW

Hi Benn We're not OB ing but we are attempting to build in the blue mtns...v. scared about council and fire requirements! Maybe we can help each other anyway. Where abouts…

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building the belle1
May 19, 2010 1:14 pm
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
24 May 2010

Steel or timber frame??

Steel or timber frame??

Yes, I realise it can be done that…

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Hills Guy
May 24, 2010 7:08 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
24 May 2010

graysonline

graysonline

ive used grays several times got some amazing bargains and stuffed up on a few items we could have got cheaper elsewhere but that was our fault not theirs. their online…

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bingoshelley
May 24, 2010 10:11 pm
mummagoose
mummagoose
26 May 2010

Hebel blocks - anyone experienced cracks???

Hebel blocks - anyone experienced cracks???

I'll be interested to see the replies to this one too! Though there have been a couple of other threads about hebel ... did you do a search? (I don't think they were very…

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mummagoose
May 26, 2010 9:36 pm
kayandandy
kayandandy
27 May 2010

Starting our journey.

Starting our journey.

Footings done, plumbing nearly done, soakwells to go, steel to go down, underfloor heating and then the concrete!!!!! All this whilst dodging rain!!! It is so awesome…

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kayandandy
May 27, 2010 12:06 am
GavScott
GavScott
27 May 2010

OBs, Extensions and Insurance

OBs, Extensions and Insurance

Was just about to finalise the insurance through FD Beck, when I saw a note on their site which stated that existing home & contents insurance may not be valid during…

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GavScott
May 27, 2010 6:25 pm
GavScott
GavScott
27 May 2010

tiled or normal shower base pros and cons

tiled or normal shower base pros and cons
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What we've learned - Adelaide seems to be mostly tiled showers. If you've got large floor tiles, then it makes the tiling to the drain harder - the tiler has to cut the…

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GavScott
May 27, 2010 6:44 pm
archman
archman
28 May 2010

owner build or units

owner build or units

Thanks bingoshelly Being a carpenter from way back I always felt I wanted to complete a home project. After more thinking I'm leaning to the unit project as my kids (10…

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archman
May 28, 2010 8:29 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
29 May 2010

Costing OB project for bank

Costing OB project for bank

Does anyone think it is still worth getting an estimate done if we can even though we have started building?

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Raleighfarm
May 29, 2010 8:38 am
Raleighfarm
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camelia
May 29, 2010 11:44 am


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