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Stewie D
Stewie D
12 September 2012

Reno: Strata approval and drawings

Reno: Strata approval and drawings

Why have you asked the builder to do the drawings ? Most builders are good tradies but lousy draughtsmen. You need to either do it yourself or hire a professional as in…

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Stewie D
Sep 12, 2012 12:14 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 September 2012

Garage/Family Room Conversion

Garage/Family Room Conversion

Rae01 , seeing as the original post was in January I think they have either abandoned the idea or converted the garage and moved in by now ! ;-) Stewie

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Stewie D
Sep 12, 2012 12:19 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
12 September 2012

Re-Stumping - 75mm inside 90mm post

Re-Stumping - 75mm inside 90mm post

The first/last issue you have will be how are you going to tell if the welds are suitable(ie. enough penetration, strong enough) You can buy steel stump that are pre made…

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chrisandkate
Sep 12, 2012 4:07 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
15 September 2012

Installing aluminium sliding doors

Installing aluminium sliding doors

The door with reveals attached to the fins on top and sides, slides in from the inside. Using say 150 X 19mm reveals you will have about a 6mm gap each side between the…

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Uncle Arfur
Sep 15, 2012 12:42 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
15 September 2012

Interior Renovations - looking for a builder

Interior Renovations - looking for a builder

Looking at renovating the inside of my house (basically a complete redo). I don't want to muck around and want a professional finish I've…

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SaveH2O
Sep 15, 2012 2:28 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 September 2012

Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

I'd be more worried about what they cover up and always recommend removing what is on the walls /ceiling back to the timber framing and go from there. Stewie

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Stewie D
Sep 17, 2012 9:10 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 September 2012

WHAT ORDER TO RENOVATE IN

WHAT ORDER TO RENOVATE IN

Strip the kitchen then rough-in ( shift H & C water pipes to new location, gas pipe to new location , wires in wall moved/added to new location etc ). Stewie

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Stewie D
Sep 18, 2012 4:20 pm
abigailthomas
abigailthomas
18 September 2012

Cleaning wooden blinds

Cleaning wooden blinds

hello, what are the easiest way to clean wooden blinds? please suggest me some tips on cleaning..

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abigailthomas
Sep 18, 2012 10:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 September 2012

Planning and order for RENO

Planning and order for RENO

Then the bathroom is the first room I'd look at stripping and renovating. When you rip out the bath, shower, toilet, taps & tiles there may be large parts of the render…

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Stewie D
Sep 20, 2012 9:37 am
nev25
nev25
24 September 2012

Getting MCBs and Ceiling fans Installed

Getting MCBs and Ceiling fans Installed

Can anyone please give me a rough estimate how much will it cost considering the ceiling fans were never there and there may be some…

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nev25
Sep 24, 2012 11:23 pm
nev25
Deemaree
Deemaree
25 September 2012

Who does these smallish renovation jobs?

Who does these smallish renovation jobs?

We have Hire a Hubby coming to help with some plastering and wall removal work-you could try them.

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Deemaree
Sep 25, 2012 7:43 pm
Deemaree
jodge
jodge
26 September 2012

Renovation Companies for Unit/Apartment.

Renovation Companies for Unit/Apartment.

Hi Simon! We bought cheap imported tapware from warehouse-type places for our home. . . 2 and a half years ago, and it's never given us any problems! We put in mixer…

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jodge
Sep 26, 2012 11:22 pm
jodge
Noosagirl
Noosagirl
27 September 2012

Kitchen Bench

Kitchen Bench

Nes 173 just wanted to let you know, the Astral went on this week and it is absolutely stunning!! Even the guys installing it said they never get sick of seeing it, it is…

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Noosagirl
Sep 27, 2012 4:26 pm
dingozzz
dingozzz
30 September 2012

Building stairs

Building stairs

I have recently raised my house in Brisbane and wondered if anyone can recommend someone who will be able to build the front and rear stairs. Any help would be gratefully…

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dingozzz
Sep 30, 2012 10:09 pm
bashworth
bashworth
3 October 2012

Navigating a HWI claim in NSW

Navigating a HWI claim in NSW

The 'Final Contract Price' should be = the total value of the initial price + all agreed variations. In other words it should be around $200,000…

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bashworth
Oct 03, 2012 6:02 am
bashworth

I like to see what changes people have made with their renos. So to kick things off here is my outdoor kitchen. …

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mrs mozz
Oct 03, 2012 10:57 am
Loaf
Loaf
4 October 2012

Recommendation for structural engineer Sydney

Recommendation for structural engineer Sydney

Hi slam5, How did you go finding someone? We're hoping to do a similar thing on our apartment and looking for a struct eng. Would you recommend anyone? Any other hints or…

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Loaf
Oct 04, 2012 1:08 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 October 2012

Wall Frames

Wall Frames

I don't think an engineer would let you simply tack on another 300mm to all your walls. We have extended some walls up in the past where we had to take every second stud…

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Stewie D
Oct 05, 2012 7:24 am
building-expert
building-expert
5 October 2012

Leaks and dampness, forensic testing with thermal imaging

Leaks and dampness, forensic testing with thermal imaging

Most homeowners will at some point experience roof leaks, water leaks and or dampness. It's not always easy to detect the cause and many will spend good money treating…

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building-expert
Oct 05, 2012 8:59 am
building-expert
leisadent
leisadent
5 October 2012

rough idea of costs

rough idea of costs

Hi all, I'm hoping to buy a house soon, finance pending. Could an experienced renovator give me a rough idea of costs to do the following repairs: - replace about 12…

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leisadent
Oct 05, 2012 1:28 pm
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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


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