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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 2:14 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 8:08 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 11:11 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 10:36 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 1:06 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 7:25 pm
GavScott
GavScott
27 May 2010

tiled or normal shower base pros and cons

tiled or normal shower base pros and cons
1, 2

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 7:44 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 9:29 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 9:38 am
Raleighfarm
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camelia
May 29, 2010 12:44 pm
gkx64
gkx64
1 June 2010

OB in S E suburb of Melbourne

OB in S E suburb of Melbourne

Hi Dirk. I am building in the Rowville area, have become OB because builder have dragged on since February, took his advice that I would have the house to lock up stage…

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gkx64
Jun 01, 2010 2:11 am
theyetti
theyetti
4 June 2010

Would you bother washing the frame?

Would you bother washing the frame?

It might be a good idea to check if any corrosion has occurred while the frame was sitting on the ground. Our frame was delivered a week before it was installed but we it…

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theyetti
Jun 04, 2010 11:04 pm

Peg Out Query

Peg Out Query

One thing to be careful about- if you are measuring, make sure the tape is level- as if you measure down a slope the distance will not be correct- and this may be more…

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dennis restoration
Jun 09, 2010 12:00 am
sonic
sonic
11 June 2010

Discounts from Suppliers & Tradies

Discounts from Suppliers & Tradies

thanks for that Bory, I can see an education coming on! :? Will talk to them again.

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sonic
Jun 11, 2010 7:41 am
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
12 June 2010

After general advice on OB

After general advice on OB

We decided to OB because we couldn't find what we wanted anywhere else (we have a kit with a homestead/heritage style home) and no builder wanted to build anything like…

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Raleighfarm
Jun 12, 2010 11:45 pm
Raleighfarm
noworriesdimi
noworriesdimi
13 June 2010

Buying colourbond facia and gutter

Buying colourbond facia and gutter

thanks! there is one in Sunshine as well, not far from me, I ll try them :)

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noworriesdimi
Jun 14, 2010 12:47 am
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
15 June 2010

Reasons why I am glad I am OBing!

Reasons why I am glad I am OBing!

I tend to agree with you there kayandandy, our neighbour was telling me their experience with their builder who was charging like a wounded bull for little upgrades. …

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dirkadirk
Jun 15, 2010 9:44 pm
karenr
karenr
15 June 2010

sourcing own materials

sourcing own materials

foc1 - any tips on how you managed to build this for $10k? Would love any advice you have!

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karenr
Jun 15, 2010 10:50 pm
chippy
chippy
17 June 2010

Building License: Need Structural engineer Perth WA

Building License: Need Structural engineer Perth WA

Yes that's them. They were cheaper than my estimate for engineering so I was happy with that. I got one other quote and it was 3 times as much as I paid for Prompot. The…

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chippy
Jun 17, 2010 10:33 pm
chippy
kayandandy
kayandandy
18 June 2010

On the road

On the road

Well things started happening really quickly and now we have one massive wall! I have ordered my double glazed windows and the show is well and truely on the road. We…

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kayandandy
Jun 18, 2010 1:27 am
borg
borg
21 June 2010

Stages of owner building...

Stages of owner building...
1, 2

The trouble with estimates there are always going to be many variables. I think estimates are important however the builder should be researching this. and as an owner…

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borg
Jun 21, 2010 11:53 am
borg
CoNNiE
CoNNiE
23 June 2010

What do I do first?

What do I do first?

My first step was to have a play around and come up with my own plan first. That way, I had gone through all the changes on my own, without having to pay a draftie to make…

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CoNNiE
Jun 23, 2010 5:53 pm
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theyetti
Jun 27, 2010 11:14 am
jazzman1974
jazzman1974
27 June 2010

Poetic Justice!

Poetic Justice!

what was he using power for at night?? weird! glad to hear that some1's karma came back to bite them in the asse! J

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jazzman1974
Jun 27, 2010 11:20 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
1 July 2010

Electrical wiring costs per downlight/powerpoint

Electrical wiring costs per downlight/powerpoint

our electrician charged us all up $6980.00 this includes underground wiring from pit to meterbox,main earth switch, smoke detector,switchboard,wiring to hot water…

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bingoshelley
Jul 01, 2010 1:32 am
jbarrington13
jbarrington13
6 July 2010

Re: Needed : Tiler in Perth with references.

Re: Needed : Tiler in Perth with references.

Hi, I have a house in Balcatta in Perth, WA that needs the laundry tiled. The cabinets are all in and it needs the floor done and also the tiling above the counters. We…

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jbarrington13
Jul 06, 2010 1:25 pm
ring09
ring09
6 July 2010

Melbourne Cabinet makers recommendation help.

Melbourne Cabinet makers recommendation help.

Try 'The Kitchen Company' they are based on Bayswater and I know travel all over metro melbourne, I am sure they will be able to help you.

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ring09
Jul 06, 2010 2:29 pm
ring09
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
8 July 2010

Colorbond roof, Frame & Truss recs Eastern subs melbourne?

Colorbond roof, Frame & Truss recs Eastern subs melbourne?

hi welcome to ob world for trusses and frames try epping timber yard and trusspro ballarat we found these the most competive dont think you have to source suppliers…

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bingoshelley
Jul 08, 2010 1:25 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
11 July 2010

OB course recommendation?

OB course recommendation?

Thanks bingoshelley, having an overwhelming week. Finding the whole OB thing really tough, especially with 5 kids on school holidays! Really need the new house!

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Raleighfarm
Jul 11, 2010 11:38 pm
Raleighfarm
suprok
suprok
12 July 2010

Anyone want to recommend a drafter or Architect in Melbourne

Anyone want to recommend a drafter or Architect in Melbourne

Hi, We are in the same situation - could we get the PMs as well please. Inner west Melbourne. Thanks, Mark.

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suprok
Jul 13, 2010 12:11 am
Lex
Lex
13 July 2010

Piering in wet weather

Piering in wet weather

No worries kel ... best of luck with the rest of your build!

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Lex
Jul 13, 2010 2:39 pm
Lex
xln747
xln747
25 July 2010

Pad, slab and plumber recommendations perth

Pad, slab and plumber recommendations perth

Thanks kayandandy, any help appreciated, Brickie details would be great too

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xln747
Jul 25, 2010 3:15 pm

Moving this to Coffee Break.... assuming it is legitimate or something? :/

Guest
Jan 01, 1970 11:00 am
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
1 August 2010

Newbie OB - is it worth it ?

Newbie OB - is it worth it ?

Reducing your overall cost is the result. Project management is your purpose in being OB. To do this you need to have a very clear idea of time management in the form of a…

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mrssnowden
Aug 01, 2010 9:19 pm
Leamary
Leamary
1 August 2010

Reports Needed for DA

Reports Needed for DA

Thanks for that, got a few quotes from cheap as chips to half that of the first one. Problem is, they all wanted to include different things. So had a hard time trying…

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Leamary
Aug 01, 2010 10:17 pm
buildme
buildme
1 August 2010

How To Purchase Land.

How To Purchase Land.

Thanks Rowena, When you say building is the cheaper way to go do you mean compared to Renting or actual building yourself & not a kit home ? Cheers, Mick.

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buildme
Aug 01, 2010 11:02 pm
suh
suh
2 August 2010

My dad wants to do things differently.

My dad wants to do things differently.

ooops good point karen was thinking of another site but maybe the mods could add a renovaters section hmmmmmm…

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suh
Aug 02, 2010 5:22 pm
suh
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
9 August 2010

harkaway kit homes

harkaway kit homes

Have a look at my thread and the house that I am building...its design is similar to the nice big white Harkaway design. The Kit place we got ours from has some great…

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Raleighfarm
Aug 10, 2010 12:52 am
Raleighfarm
kayandandy
kayandandy
12 August 2010

finance

finance

hi there I know this has often been a topic of discussion and with the recent GFC finance is more difficult. Our archtiect told us about htis lot. We have a viridian so…

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kayandandy
Aug 12, 2010 7:41 pm
Ross
Ross
16 August 2010

BlueScope Steel Framing

BlueScope Steel Framing

Could anyone give me their experiences building with Steel framing? It seems to be coming much more popular. I am planning on Owner Building and am much more comfortable…

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Ross
Aug 16, 2010 3:16 pm
TDS
TDS
18 August 2010

Polished concrete - getting access to basement

Polished concrete - getting access to basement

Hi TDS, Building in Newport, Melbourne - won't be starting until after xmas, but need to research 10,000 things since we're owner building & it's…

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TDS
Aug 18, 2010 11:06 pm
vivica7604
vivica7604
27 August 2010

Slab higher than front footpath

Slab higher than front footpath

Thanks everyone my mind is at rest ::smile::

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vivica7604
Aug 27, 2010 8:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
28 August 2010

OB in Victoria - Nearly Done!!

OB in Victoria - Nearly Done!!
1, 2, 3

wow katie congrats to you both looking awesome cant wait for final pis with everything in its place. :: :: ::

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bingoshelley
Aug 28, 2010 10:09 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
30 August 2010

auctions in sydney

auctions in sydney

OK I've been to Laws and was incredibly disappointed. The woman working there told me they no longer have a tile auction - which is what I went for. I also needed a door…

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mrssnowden
Aug 30, 2010 9:40 am

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