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building-expert
Oct 05, 2012 2:17 pm
building-expert
building-expert
building-expert
5 October 2012

Building down (rather than up)

Building down (rather than up)

Most of the time dampness in buildings below ground level is from water coming in but it can be from leaks, condensation and poor ventilation. Sometimes it is combination…

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building-expert
Oct 05, 2012 3:59 pm
building-expert
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
8 October 2012

What is this filler ?

What is this filler ?

Ive sealed a 3-4mm gap between my upright cooker and cupboards using clear silicone. Carefully applied then given a LIGHT spray with diluted dishwashing liquid and…

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Uncle Arfur
Oct 08, 2012 6:23 pm
TrevandSam
TrevandSam
12 October 2012

Ensuites on tow?

Ensuites on tow?

Anyone used them? Just wondering what they are like and what they cost, if anyone can share. Thanks ::smile::

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TrevandSam
Oct 12, 2012 5:57 pm
purifyer
purifyer
13 October 2012

Suggestions for architect north-eastern suburbs

Suggestions for architect north-eastern suburbs

Hi guys We have an acreage property in the north-eastern suburbs of melbourne and are looking to extend the house and renovate the existing house. Currently the house is…

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purifyer
Oct 13, 2012 6:54 pm
remontbuilder
remontbuilder
14 October 2012

Metamorphosis in Poland - ruined house on yt

Metamorphosis in Poland - ruined house on yt

Not long ago, I've became a 'lucky' owner of this ruined and deserted house with a garden whose area amounts to 1200m2. The house was uninhabited for almost 15 years. It…

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remontbuilder
Oct 14, 2012 4:47 am
jamian
jamian
15 October 2012

New Colorbond Roof

New Colorbond Roof

Thank you everyone. We have now had another quote come in from another builder for $18K . Things are looking a little more reasonable now.

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jamian
Oct 15, 2012 7:12 am
leighton
leighton
16 October 2012

Converting fibro clad cottage to brick veneer?

Converting fibro clad cottage to brick veneer?

i agreie with the view on using alternate material as a fabric, hardi products, colorbond, render, other wise, too expensive. i have actually done this some years ago. if…

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leighton
Oct 16, 2012 7:31 am
leighton
noomi
noomi
16 October 2012

HIA Alterations and Additions Contract Question

HIA Alterations and Additions Contract Question

Reinforce piers under house - builder? (and does something like this need to be certified or inspected or anything?) Enlarge window in one room - builder or carpenter?…

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noomi
Oct 16, 2012 2:49 pm
HT77
HT77
21 October 2012

Furniture Shops similar to Coco Republic

Furniture Shops similar to Coco Republic

Hi, we will be moving to Brisbane soon and need to find furniture shops that are not too expensive. We love Coco republic's furniture and i was wondering if anyone can…

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HT77
Oct 20, 2012 11:09 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 October 2012

Replacing flat roof for trusses

Replacing flat roof for trusses

Pretty easy to work out. Do a scale drawing of the plan outline of your house with the measurements shown for all the external walls ( show the eaves too as a dotted…

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Stewie D
Oct 22, 2012 12:33 pm
carmania
carmania
23 October 2012

Need advice on carpentry cost per sq meter ?

Need advice on carpentry cost per sq meter ?

Thanks Stewie! I will make copies of my plan and send it around. Thank again, ANdrew

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carmania
Oct 23, 2012 12:04 am
leighton
leighton
23 October 2012

Hardiplank v weatherboard

Hardiplank v weatherboard

there are a number of hardi products besides the hardiplank, which is one of the cheapest. it is a better solution than baltic pine board. why? the fc fibre cement board…

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leighton
Oct 23, 2012 7:01 am
leighton
free will
free will
23 October 2012

Second storey extension - cost of plans

Second storey extension - cost of plans

I paid about $3k for the first two for a major renovation and that was an architect which are generally much better than designers.

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free will
Oct 23, 2012 7:20 am
Belial
Belial
23 October 2012

Installing rear roller door on garage

Installing rear roller door on garage

Hi Mal, TBH if you don't know whats involved then my honest advice is pay a qualified professional to do it. As its a structural change you're most likely going to need a…

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Belial
Oct 23, 2012 3:35 pm
Belial
Boogie
Boogie
24 October 2012

Enclosing Games Room in Open Plan home

Enclosing Games Room in Open Plan home

Hi there ... I'm wondering if anyone has enclosed their games room. My house is B&T and very open plan - with a very large kitchen, meals, family and games room, all…

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Boogie
Oct 24, 2012 5:07 pm
building-expert
building-expert
26 October 2012

unauthorised garage conversion

unauthorised garage conversion

Illegal conversions are problematic and risky. You could be facing: health,safety and liability issues. For less than $600 you can get building and timber pest inspection…

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building-expert
Oct 26, 2012 3:57 pm
building-expert
MrsT12
MrsT12
27 October 2012

Flooring colors...Hmm...

Flooring colors...Hmm...

Thanks :D I'm coming around to it now, I think it was the fact we'd JUST put the deposit on the flooring when we found out that was making me bang my head lol.

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MrsT12
Oct 27, 2012 4:55 pm
MrsT12
dhalphir
dhalphir
27 October 2012

Recommendation for a house painter (exterior) in Brisbane?

Recommendation for a house painter (exterior) in Brisbane?

A significant portion of that cost, unless you are paying for it yourself, is for scaffold hire, given that your house is 2storey (I assume?)

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dhalphir
Oct 27, 2012 7:01 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
27 October 2012

Render

Render

Yep having all the front done and paying an extra 350 i think to have 2 different colours too...

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xxkatxx
Oct 27, 2012 7:46 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 October 2012

Removing Formal Areas

Removing Formal Areas

Looks good and probably the easiest and cheapest way to achieve a more useable open plan living area. The biggest hindrance will be if any of the walls are load bearing.…

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Stewie D
Oct 30, 2012 6:43 am
Guard Roof
Guard Roof
30 October 2012

Roof Restoration - Perth

Roof Restoration - Perth

Hi Lin, we are a roofing company here in Melbourne (Guardian Roofing) and we also have one of those those company's you mentioned operating here. I cant speak for thier…

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Guard Roof
Oct 30, 2012 6:22 pm
rellie
rellie
31 October 2012

Electrical installation of freestanding oven

Electrical installation of freestanding oven

we have one, and I'm glad we do as it enabled me to stop power supply to our 3.5 week old oven when it caught fire last week ::hyst::

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rellie
Oct 31, 2012 9:54 am
Jean_home
Jean_home
31 October 2012

Corner garden shed (Triangular)

Corner garden shed (Triangular)

Hi All, We are renovating on a triangular shaped block so I've been looking everywhere for a triangular shaped simple colorbond garden shed but can't find one? Can any…

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Jean_home
Oct 31, 2012 10:35 am
Mamadan
Mamadan
31 October 2012

Sleepout removal/demolition Perth

Sleepout removal/demolition Perth

Not sure how much demo they do but we used KBE contracting to take down the asbestos verandah we had and an old shed and they were great. Don't have the contact details of…

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Mamadan
Oct 31, 2012 11:14 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 October 2012

Change garage roof height

Change garage roof height

might be cheaper to move house than to raise the roof. You are of course joking aren't you ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 31, 2012 11:34 am
chripark69
chripark69
31 October 2012

Can we sign the building contract now?

Can we sign the building contract now?

Don't sign up for anything until you know you can do it especially when renovating.

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chripark69
Oct 31, 2012 4:28 pm
chripark69
Always Scheming
Always Scheming
31 October 2012

Installing Doors and Door Frames

Installing Doors and Door Frames

Not sure where you are located (we are in Perth) but years ago we added some doors like you are referring to, the business was appropriately named "Add a Door" they were…

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Always Scheming
Oct 31, 2012 6:50 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
1 November 2012

Plans for weatherboard extension - am I on the money??

Plans for weatherboard extension - am I on the money??

Thanks Leighton..... I really appreciate the response - and an encouraging one, at that :wink: . Thanks again... HHCIB

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How Hard Can it Be
Nov 01, 2012 8:10 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
3 November 2012

Splitting floorboards

Splitting floorboards

What did you have the boards sealed with - polyurethane ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 03, 2012 5:56 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 November 2012

Carport/garage solutions for restricted space

Carport/garage solutions for restricted space

The council may not let you build a garage but they may let you do a carport there. A few inquiries at your local council will point you in the right direction. Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 05, 2012 12:46 pm
frost28
frost28
5 November 2012

Concrete Slab for New Garage....Help!!!!

Concrete Slab for New Garage....Help!!!!

Thank you so much leighton, any advice is much appreciate especially with a limited budget I have to get it right the first time or its more saving before I can fix it :)

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frost28
Nov 05, 2012 1:13 pm
kexkez
kexkez
6 November 2012

Cost of adding rooms in Perth

Cost of adding rooms in Perth

I know a building inspector who also has a building company. I think he's done extensions before as we'll he'd prob be a good contact. I've seen others on here recommend…

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kexkez
Nov 06, 2012 8:31 am
kexkez
Zarli
Zarli
12 November 2012

painting over render

painting over render

Yup I'm not handy either but it's easy as :)

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Zarli
Nov 12, 2012 10:38 pm
Zarli
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 November 2012

Duplex Extension

Duplex Extension

Familiarise yourself with the BCA rules for party walls regarding fire separation and sound insulation. Any decent draftie or architect should be able to advise you. Then…

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Stewie D
Nov 13, 2012 10:51 am
zav
zav
14 November 2012

Floating floors or Tiles: Which is cheaper?

Floating floors or Tiles: Which is cheaper?

Floating floors are just hard work to look after. As said above the laminates tend to be harder wearing than the timbers. Plus worn down high heels can make the timbers…

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zav
Nov 13, 2012 11:07 pm
zav
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
14 November 2012

Renovating a period home in Carlton VIC

Renovating a period home in Carlton VIC

Hello,Welcome & i am unable to help you ::lol:: Would you be sharing your reno's with us,i would love to see it all,plans etc... :z: A dear friend owns a c1900-10 house,It has…

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kerry-ann
Nov 14, 2012 10:32 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 November 2012

Reports to get when buying a renovation project.

Reports to get when buying a renovation project.

The reports you already mention are fine but they only really assess what the house is physically like at the moment. You should get a draughtsman in who is familiar with…

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Stewie D
Nov 18, 2012 10:28 am
heat_crime
heat_crime
19 November 2012

half house reno - new light and old lights - LED downlights

half house reno - new light and old lights - LED downlights

Price is around $60 a unit (includes light and transformer). Exact price I'm note sure 'cause my better half grabbed it on the way to work! I'd suggest you'd be doing a…

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heat_crime
Nov 19, 2012 12:31 pm
Rayess
Rayess
22 November 2012

Cost to level apartment floor?

Cost to level apartment floor?

Hi we r renovating and the floors are not level. What would be the approx cost to get someone in to do this for about 80 sq m

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Rayess
Nov 21, 2012 11:46 pm
travelbug
travelbug
23 November 2012

Internal brick walls

Internal brick walls

If you go into Bunnings, they have walls with bricks that have been painted and with one coats of render (so you still see the brick pattern) and 2 coats and 3. That…

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travelbug
Nov 23, 2012 5:42 pm
bkm2009
bkm2009
24 November 2012

Custom Framless Shower screens

Custom Framless Shower screens

Most suppliers of frame less shower screens provide custom screens. They will come out, measure the shower area and make them to suit. 2

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bkm2009
Nov 24, 2012 10:39 am
bkm2009
sceen7
sceen7
27 November 2012

Any Builder recs. for Western Suburbs of Melbourne

Any Builder recs. for Western Suburbs of Melbourne

Just bumping this thread as we also have a friend who has had the WORST experience using this company. They have been going for almost 2 years, is still not back in and…

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sceen7
Nov 27, 2012 1:04 pm
CuttingEdgeKitchens
CuttingEdgeKitchens
3 December 2012

Corrugated iron wall cladding: experiences?

Corrugated iron wall cladding: experiences?

Hi, i recently replaced wall cladding in my home, for the cause i consulted http://www.staxstone.com/, till date the installation seems…

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CuttingEdgeKitchens
Dec 03, 2012 9:29 am
CuttingEdgeKitchens
WheelZ
WheelZ
4 December 2012

Recommend a plasterer for a job in west footscray?

Recommend a plasterer for a job in west footscray?

Hey Guys, Need to get a quote on getting a couple of small, none load bearing walls removed and finished in my unit in west footscray. Given there is so much choice,…

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WheelZ
Dec 04, 2012 9:02 am
CurrentWave
CurrentWave
4 December 2012

Question about closet shelves

Question about closet shelves

Hello, I just bought my first place, and I'm already remodeling.... I've added a couple of linen closets and now it's time for the shelves. Will 1x2" cleats be enough…

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CurrentWave
Dec 04, 2012 11:03 am
Taazan
Taazan
4 December 2012

Rusty lintels so thinking of window conversion

Rusty lintels so thinking of window conversion

Hi all, Background - 1905 double brick home with narrow French doors with very nice that lead into each of the front bedrooms from the front verandah. Lintels are…

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Taazan
Dec 04, 2012 8:23 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
5 December 2012

Bungalow/Studio Cost

Bungalow/Studio Cost

We have been looking at getting a kit form timber shed/garage but converted to use as an outdoor room/guest room/study - approx. 5.4m x 3.6m (from memory) - but given size…

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How Hard Can it Be
Dec 05, 2012 6:18 pm


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