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Here's one we did recently: https://www.onlineflooringstore.com.au/ ... enovation/ (Note: this was actually done at my house, but we used my wife's maiden name)

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Online Flooring Store
May 22, 2024 12:12 pm
Online Flooring Store
BrianM
BrianM
10 h

New front door stain and varnish questions

New front door stain and varnish questions

I have a new Canadian Ash front door and frame. I need some advice. Can i coat Feast Watson ‘Exterior Stain and Varnish’ (FW) (turps based) over a clear turps based…

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BrianM
Jul 18, 2024 5:02 am
quein_
quein_
16 h

Pool Builder in Brisbane

Pool Builder in Brisbane

I'm looking for guidance on what I should consider for our pool. We are actively looking for a builder who will make our dream pool come true. Currently, we engage with…

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quein_
Jul 17, 2024 10:27 pm

Exempt development vs complying developmnent bushfire zone

Exempt development vs complying developmnent bushfire zone

Kiwimoisi I can't answer question one as I am not an insurance expert. I can only give you my personal opinion as to what I would do if it was my property. I don't think…

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Ashington Homes
Jul 09, 2024 5:02 am
Ashington Homes
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kanga1234
Jul 04, 2024 12:56 pm
Joediy
Joediy
20 June

Mortar Color

Mortar Color

Hi Pedro Thank you for your reply. I will find more sample of sands. Would you think what i am doing is a right way to make the original mortar??

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Joediy
Jun 20, 2024 3:26 pm

Widening of front entrance doorway

Widening of front entrance doorway

Thanks for the suggestion. I already spoke with a carpenter today and waiting for the quote from him.

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justanotherrandomperson
Jun 18, 2024 5:58 pm
Sagasu
Sagasu
14 June

Is a rewire necessary?

Is a rewire necessary?

We are planning to renovate first the bathroom, and then the kitchen of an old highset Queenslander, and aiming to make it as economical as possible. I don't believe the…

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Sagasu
Jun 14, 2024 7:26 pm

This house has potentional, but what would you do to the exterior of the house to give it more street appeal?

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groovin7777
Jun 09, 2024 9:16 pm
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
6 June

Need Advise on this

Need Advise on this

what a terrible feature.... Your best bet would be to fill it in with some framing and plaster it up. Alternatively maybe lay some see through glass bricks if the weight…

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ponzutwo
Jun 06, 2024 1:40 pm

Hi there, We are currently building a veranda off the side of an existing Olympic shed. Does anyone have experience with fixing through corrugated wall sheets. I am…

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dp26
Jun 06, 2024 9:19 am

Just bought a new 80 sq m apartment under construction in Perth. There is not a lot of space for things (and I'm a collector), but there is a long wall in the living…

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pbrowne
Jun 03, 2024 7:31 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
30 May

ColourBond or Tile on roof?

ColourBond or Tile on roof?

Surely your designer has answers to all your questions? If so, it would be nice to include their answers here so we can all learn something. (Of course, always good to get…

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gommeqld
May 30, 2024 8:24 pm
Althom
Althom
26 May

Estate restricting lot owners installing rolling shutter

Estate restricting lot owners installing rolling shutter

A lot of those Covenants are put in place at the time the Developers are still involved and marketing a certain look and they get ignored or expire after a time. If the…

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Althom
May 26, 2024 11:17 am
Althom
Stickylee
Stickylee
22 May

Colour help for facade

Colour help for facade

Hi all, I'm new here 🙂 We are going to get out tiled roof repainted and gutters, downpipes and facias redone as well. We are going to do the roof in monument and the…

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Stickylee
May 22, 2024 5:34 pm
Stickylee
Averell
Averell
22 May

Garage conversion

Garage conversion

I have a 3.5m*5.5m garage, connected to the house under the same roof. I talked to a handyman, and he quoted $9K for: cut the wall and install a…

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Averell
May 22, 2024 4:04 pm

Good day, My house is at the almost lowest point in the area, with two street sides - South and East. Dimension of the land is approx 28m*17m. In the diagram, the black…

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Averell
May 21, 2024 10:56 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 May

Detect leaking pvc pipe undergound

Detect leaking pvc pipe undergound

My first suspect area is at the bottom of the harvested downpipe furthest from the tank. PVC downpipes expand and contract with heat and cold, putting pressure on the…

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SaveH2O
May 20, 2024 8:29 pm
SaveH2O
Pulse
Pulse
18 May

structural engineer for load bearing walls / columns

structural engineer for load bearing walls / columns

just ask a carpenter/ builder, if they are unsure they will get the engineer to advise.

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Pulse
May 18, 2024 11:36 pm

Hello everyone, Not sure if I'm posting at the right place. Let me know if I need to move this post to somewhere else, otherwise please help if you can. :) Mirvac built…

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tonycfc
May 13, 2024 11:54 pm
chippy
chippy
2 May

Potential Asbestos?

Potential Asbestos?

That brown colour looks like Masonite or hardboard. Get it checked but typically asbestos was used in wet areas and plaster board or Masonite in other areas

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chippy
May 02, 2024 8:52 pm
chippy
Hello_world
Hello_world
25 April

Renovating Old House Vs Knockdown

Renovating Old House Vs Knockdown

Yep 1.2 plus a contingency of 15%

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Hello_world
Apr 25, 2024 11:35 am
kai1020
kai1020
17 April

Choosing easier lot for extension/renovation.

Choosing easier lot for extension/renovation.

Thanks for the reply. Had a look at the suggested lot and found other problem on easement, which i will asked in separate thread.

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kai1020
Apr 17, 2024 3:12 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
15 April

Pro finish tiling group

Pro finish tiling group

The wallopers will just say it's a civil matter.

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SaveH2O
Apr 15, 2024 1:58 pm
SaveH2O
Budapest
Budapest
9 April

Proposed walk in linen

Proposed walk in linen

Do you really want to accommodate the window? What is on the outside of the window? Do you want to be able to see your towels from outside? I would blank the window from…

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Budapest
Apr 09, 2024 2:56 pm

thought I attached this

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mogli
Apr 06, 2024 9:02 pm

Is this what you talking about

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gemclinton03
Mar 28, 2024 2:26 am
jagberg
jagberg
11 March

Renovation - swapping kitchen and bathroom and other fix ups

Renovation - swapping kitchen and bathroom and other fix ups

I recently went through a similar renovation and move scenario when updating our family home. We also swapped some rooms around and tackled a major…

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jagberg
Mar 11, 2024 10:41 pm
sydney_kings
sydney_kings
10 March

Fittting Lower Ground entry door/landing in 2200mm of FFL

Fittting Lower Ground entry door/landing in 2200mm of FFL

I am looking to design an entry door to a lower ground basement that has 2200mm between the external entry height to FFL of the ground floor. This door will provide an…

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sydney_kings
Mar 10, 2024 10:23 am

Tradie charges to fix his mistake

Tradie charges to fix his mistake

Unless there were unforeseeable issues with the site, I dont think you should have to pay for contractors errors or poor planning. I'd probably try and be reasonable and…

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supersleuth
Mar 07, 2024 3:46 pm
EmmaBarron3
EmmaBarron3
29 February

Home Noise Reduction/Soundproofing

Home Noise Reduction/Soundproofing

Upgrading your windows to soundproof ones, like triple-glazed, can make a significant difference. While changing window…

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EmmaBarron3
Feb 29, 2024 1:10 am
EmmaBarron3

i think option 2 is much better with easy access to the garden without having to walk through the new sunroom which makes it a better room for guests and TV .a simple…

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oklouise
Feb 27, 2024 6:44 pm

Hi there, we have classic cream gutters, fascia’s, roller door and undercover carport. We are are going to paint the roof a terracotta orange colour. After some…

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BenLan
Feb 26, 2024 5:02 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
23 February

Smooth out / remove slate tile fireplace

Smooth out / remove slate tile fireplace

I would probably render it and then paint it as per your other advice, or gyrpock over the top.

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Ashington Homes
Feb 23, 2024 4:05 pm
Ashington Homes
yujingsz1990
yujingsz1990
22 February

roof structural repair

roof structural repair

Thanks for the information.

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yujingsz1990
Feb 22, 2024 8:27 pm
ChrisG777
ChrisG777
8 February

Offset Hinges

Offset Hinges

Yes, I had already tried searching those. In the end I am fabricating my own.

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ChrisG777
Feb 08, 2024 10:37 am
Robert.Clairs
Robert.Clairs
5 February

1st Storey addition vs Lower level excavation

1st Storey addition vs Lower level excavation

Hi there, We’ve recently had plans approved to add a 1st storey addition to our existing house for a growing family in Sydney. With the current cost of building…

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Robert.Clairs
Feb 05, 2024 2:15 pm

Hi everyone, Newbie renovator here, after some advice for combining our family room in the picture and the alfresco and make a larger family room. There is a flush sill…

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Reez
Feb 02, 2024 5:45 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
2 February

Patching Holes in EPS foam walls

Patching Holes in EPS foam walls

Oh no! I would use a can of expandable foam ( there are some that will take render) then cut it back and render over the top

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Ashington Homes
Feb 02, 2024 3:52 pm
Ashington Homes
Pavlo
Pavlo
26 January

Terracotta roof draft issues

Terracotta roof draft issues

Hi everyone I have a terracotta tiles roof When I climb inside the roof cavity I can feel that there is a draft inside the roof as the wind goes through the roof which is…

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Pavlo
Jan 26, 2024 12:11 pm

Hi Would love some advice on a DIY project I've dived into that's now keeping me up at night. We've got a cool 1970's Mid Century style house here in NZ and have always…

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Lukeluke
Jan 23, 2024 6:46 pm

Hi, Apologies - I know there is plenty out there on this but struggling to put together the puzzle. We're planning our garage/external laundry to master bedroom and…

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sejj
Jan 22, 2024 5:38 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 January

Roof Load Width Needed

Roof Load Width Needed

Any structural alteration to your home requires building permit. Before you get it you will have to supply plans with structural assessment, you will also be removing…

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building-expert
Jan 20, 2024 9:31 pm
building-expert
JayB001
JayB001
20 January

Verandah repair - ledger attached to brick

Verandah repair - ledger attached to brick

Hi, I'll be starting on my verandah repair soon - replace ledger, rafters, roofing iron, flashing etc. (fascia board already done). My question is about the timber ledger…

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JayB001
Jan 20, 2024 12:39 pm
Pulse
Pulse
18 January

Stairs

Stairs

not sure how much but a “repair” should be ok, what ever that is technically

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Pulse
Jan 18, 2024 9:47 pm
building-expert
building-expert
14 January

Framing on floor joists

Framing on floor joists

Houses have been framed on floor joists since settlement, chipboard flooring is only around for 50 years or so, so why would it not be satisfactory? However exercise skill…

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building-expert
Jan 14, 2024 10:24 am
building-expert
wendlle
wendlle
31 December 2023

Backyard retreat or Granny Flat?

Backyard retreat or Granny Flat?

I think I know the answer but just checking to see if anyone has had experience with it. I want to build a small 20 square metre retreat in my backyard, it will have a…

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wendlle
Dec 31, 2023 5:45 pm
wendlle
Pulse
Pulse
21 December 2023

Extension roof and truss layout ideas

Extension roof and truss layout ideas

can’t see the plans

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Pulse
Dec 21, 2023 6:49 pm
Nickmof
Nickmof
15 December 2023

Old historical factory renovation - Damp Proof and Flooring

Old historical factory renovation - Damp Proof and Flooring

Hi all Am new to this forum. I want to get some ideas/info about how to manage an 80 year old factory restoration to convert to a residence. The factory floor is concrete…

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Nickmof
Dec 15, 2023 2:41 pm

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