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DemoChris
DemoChris
10 July 2012

Removal of Internal Wall

Removal of Internal Wall

Hi, I would bet money on it, just by looking at your floor plan that this is not a structural wall. In this case, not load bearing and stud frame, there is no need for…

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DemoChris
Jul 10, 2012 11:19 pm
1sthome
1sthome
13 July 2012

Flat roof extension - can be we build 2nd story on top??

Flat roof extension - can be we build 2nd story on top??

I havev2 big steel beams under part of my skillion roof that spans the lounge room. It's engineered for a 2nd story. So it's possible. Best get a structural engineer…

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1sthome
Jul 13, 2012 10:49 pm
80s_abode
80s_abode
14 July 2012

Anyone heard of TASK brand led downlights?

Anyone heard of TASK brand led downlights?

Hi there, Long time reader, first time poster! Apologies if this is in the wrong section...mods feel free to move if it is. We've recently purchased a house which needs…

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80s_abode
Jul 14, 2012 6:01 pm
mellee
mellee
14 July 2012

First Time Renovators

First Time Renovators

Travelbug - we are very like minded. We are going to put the skirting boards on work horses and paint them whilst the floor sander is doing his thing - we reckon that…

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mellee
Jul 14, 2012 8:04 pm
d@n
d@n
16 July 2012

Exterior colour advice - building renovation

Exterior colour advice - building renovation

If you love brown then that's ok...but a bit of variety is always nice. Introduce some neutral colours and timber goes well too.

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d@n
Jul 16, 2012 11:39 pm
zora0071
zora0071
17 July 2012

Renovating for $50k and under

Renovating for $50k and under

You need an engineer to look at the walls. If you are putting the plumbing against the same wall but on the opposite side that will be quite…

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zora0071
Jul 17, 2012 4:36 pm
mattminiotas
mattminiotas
19 July 2012

Vintage timber internal feature cladding

Vintage timber internal feature cladding

Hello, Im looking at doing a feature wall using some beautiful rustic timber i have procured, can internal walls be clad in non fire treated timber (for an aestetic…

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mattminiotas
Jul 19, 2012 11:30 am
saandrews
saandrews
25 July 2012

Demolish kitchen and bathrooms

Demolish kitchen and bathrooms

Sorry Zora!! No, I'm in Melbourne.

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saandrews
Jul 25, 2012 10:22 am
delatite13
delatite13
25 July 2012

Building wall on angled floor

Building wall on angled floor

Not that hard. one way is underpin the current slab and pour a new area that fits with the old and then a normal stud wall. Or build a stud wall with the bottom plate on…

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delatite13
Jul 25, 2012 9:38 pm
delatite13
dsiroky
dsiroky
25 July 2012

Ideas for my Man Cave.

Ideas for my Man Cave.

This is about the same size as my home theater! It's the perfect size for around a 3M wide screen, with two rows of seats. Shoot me an email if you want a copy of the…

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dsiroky
Jul 25, 2012 10:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 July 2012

External colour scheme ideas

External colour scheme ideas

As well as painting, I'd trash the front landing and stairs and upgrade it to something much more modern. It really does detract from the rest of the house even at this…

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Stewie D
Jul 27, 2012 8:09 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
27 July 2012

Stuck for Feature Wall

Stuck for Feature Wall

IMO don't go for feature wall at all if you have dark furniture. Keep the walls neutral and hang pictures with splashes of burgundy in them- frame these in dark frames…

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Treeseachanger
Jul 27, 2012 12:01 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 July 2012

Replacing warped ceiling panels

Replacing warped ceiling panels

Now it's an architecturally designed, cutting edge house built by a master craftsman and estimated to be worth millions ! Stewie

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Stewie D
Jul 30, 2012 2:56 pm
robbie55
robbie55
31 July 2012

Repointing - Tuckpointing Federation style home

Repointing - Tuckpointing Federation style home

As the title suggests I have a federation semi and the mortar on the front facade has started to fail. I would like to have at go at repairing this myself and have found…

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robbie55
Jul 31, 2012 11:52 am
robbie55
Zigs
Zigs
31 July 2012

Asbestos in and out and lacking in maintenance - what to do?

Asbestos in and out and lacking in maintenance - what to do?

Hi, We bought the above house which definitely needs assistance. It is a post war and must have been a handyman's job. Everything about it is sus. We have limited funds…

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Zigs
Jul 31, 2012 1:50 pm
ennoh
ennoh
31 July 2012

How to freshen up my kitchen

How to freshen up my kitchen

I've decided to can the idea. I had a cabinetmaker in to quote for new doors, but he pointed out that as the sides to the cupboards were in pale grey melamine - it would…

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ennoh
Jul 31, 2012 5:41 pm

Any ideas on what to do to cover up/replace the ugly board thingo on the front of this house? Stack stone was discussed. Decided it was too try hard for an old…

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jzell67
Aug 01, 2012 12:47 pm
PossumTwo
PossumTwo
4 August 2012

Re-roofing options

Re-roofing options

Hi, our 1950's weatherboard is in need of a new roof. It currently has glazed terracotta tiles which are fretting badly and need replacing. Has anyone recently replaced…

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PossumTwo
Aug 04, 2012 2:40 pm
Zigs
Zigs
5 August 2012

New show: Renovate or Bust.

New show: Renovate or Bust.

Thank you so much for the tip! We are seriously considering this.

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Zigs
Aug 05, 2012 5:33 pm
building-expert
building-expert
6 August 2012

Advice

Advice

Try the council first, bring a plan or sketch and ask for their opinion. As a builder I can tell you that anything is possible but whether it is feasible it's a question…

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building-expert
Aug 06, 2012 11:29 am
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
6 August 2012

Drainage.....Question for plumbers

Drainage.....Question for plumbers

Ok...there is an existing drainage pipe on the south side. It is easy to calculate this pipe's maximum compliant flow rate and this is the first thing that needs to be…

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SaveH2O
Aug 06, 2012 10:56 pm
SaveH2O
kimmy25
kimmy25
9 August 2012

Surveyors / Soil Test in Brisbane

Surveyors / Soil Test in Brisbane

Gateway Survey & Planning are fantastic and have helped us on numerous projects: www.gsp-land.com.au or Ph: 07) 3893 0557

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kimmy25
Aug 09, 2012 11:58 am
ennoh
ennoh
9 August 2012

shingle roof tiles

shingle roof tiles

We are about to buy a home - it's ripe for renovation but the biggest thing I think will be a new roof. The pitch is very low at the moment and I thought a new roof with…

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ennoh
Aug 09, 2012 2:53 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Renovating - What you wish someone had told you.

Renovating - What you wish someone had told you.

I'll tell you something I was so thankful for when we renovated our kitchen was a second bathroom. We were with out kitchen for about 3 weeks as we had a bit of…

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 5:44 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Cost of removing a wall?

Cost of removing a wall?

We needed to get a steel beam put in which cost a few thousand. We also took into consideration if we ever wanted to build up it would need to support a second level. A…

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 6:40 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Renovating small flats/apartments for profit?

Renovating small flats/apartments for profit?

I am obviously clueless about Turkey but here there is body corporates to deal with and possible maintenance/strata fees, you would want to check this out when you are…

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 7:55 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Decking on Tiles

Decking on Tiles

You might want to check out the building codes for your state. There might be a minimum amount of space between the ground and your deck and if you are building the deck…

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 8:06 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Don't know where to start; Advice welcome

Don't know where to start; Advice welcome

Are you renovating to sell, rent out, or live in?

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 8:10 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Bifolds & Stackers & Floors, oh my!

Bifolds & Stackers & Floors, oh my!

Have you checked out the bi fold doors? We just put some in and the part that the doors sit up against (bottom seal) is a couple cm high to create a seal. Not sure if this…

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 8:30 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Taking down a wall in a unit - how does it work with strata?

Taking down a wall in a unit - how does it work with strata?

I'm interested to know what happened if the original poster is still out there?

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 8:34 pm
Laila
Laila
10 August 2012

Renovate to add value - How do I start?

Renovate to add value - How do I start?

Look up debbie williams and renovating, it is to do with getting a reValuation from the bank however I'm not really sure how to explain it.

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Laila
Aug 10, 2012 9:01 pm
cosmos
cosmos
11 August 2012

Installing Bi-Fold Doors

Installing Bi-Fold Doors

Hi, We are looking to install some bifold door but we need to install a steel bar as we are removing a load bearing wall. Does anyone know approximately how much this will…

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cosmos
Aug 11, 2012 4:36 pm
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AlleyCat
Aug 12, 2012 4:32 pm
Darren Standish
Darren Standish
12 August 2012

Concrete slab floor vs timber truss for second level

Concrete slab floor vs timber truss for second level

Love Tudors...great to have a house that stands out from the crowd. Wouldn't like to work on their roofs though. Goodluck with your reno...i am sure it will be worth it…

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Darren Standish
Aug 12, 2012 8:12 pm
Darren Standish
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 August 2012

Post war - Doing enough to keep it going a while longer

Post war - Doing enough to keep it going a while longer

Then I'd take it room by room and renovate as you go. Any asbestos you find - remove it , don't do what the other clowns have done and tile over it or as in what happened…

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Stewie D
Aug 14, 2012 9:44 am
xya
xya
15 August 2012

A bit lost on what to do

A bit lost on what to do

Thanks for the suggestions, Laila. Would really like to have open plan but have heard from some people that it's not always great, especially if you have a few kids. This…

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xya
Aug 15, 2012 9:04 pm
travelbug
travelbug
16 August 2012

Need Your HELP PLZ! In a Dilemma Extend or Rebuild

Need Your HELP PLZ! In a Dilemma Extend or Rebuild

Without more info anyones "guess" is pretty useless. What will option 1/2/3 be worth after the change? THAT will tell you which is the better option financially. But…

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travelbug
Aug 16, 2012 4:52 pm
kyton
kyton
18 August 2012

Drawing up plans for reno in Lake Macquarie NSW

Drawing up plans for reno in Lake Macquarie NSW

I can second The Murray's - they have done quite a few jobs for us.

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kyton
Aug 18, 2012 8:41 am
kyton
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 August 2012

Yet another terrace renovation =)

Yet another terrace renovation =)

I've replied in your other thread about PCA's. I'm unsure of the cost or feasibility of the polished concrete for your bathroom so I'll leave that up to others to advise…

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Stewie D
Aug 20, 2012 10:20 am
Antarctic-H
Antarctic-H
23 August 2012

Digital Antenna

Digital Antenna

Hi banoncom. I can highly recomend Metropolitan Antennas. It is a family owned business and is operated by George and his son. They are competetive priced and do a…

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Antarctic-H
Aug 23, 2012 2:25 pm
leighton
leighton
24 August 2012

Cost of renovations

Cost of renovations

most of this is so unrealistic. one problem is the usual, how long is a piece of string, and what type of string, diameter, strength, and so on.…

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leighton
Aug 24, 2012 6:37 am
leighton
B STAR
B STAR
24 August 2012

Is it expensive to re-roof an old house?

Is it expensive to re-roof an old house?

but these guys are talking about replacing the whole roof structure including trusses etc.

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B STAR
Aug 24, 2012 11:11 am
judydg
judydg
24 August 2012

Bar near Living room, or Having a Entry Table/storage room

Bar near Living room, or Having a Entry Table/storage room

I suppose it depends on what type of entertaining you do, but personally I think the entry table looks much better.

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judydg
Aug 24, 2012 11:14 pm
bbboy
bbboy
27 August 2012

Patched holes from box airconditioners

Patched holes from box airconditioners

And it all looks good. But I used this stuff: FJ Clear Laminated Pine Panel http://www.bunnings.com.au/products_pro ... _5369.aspx To fill the gap around the panel I…

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bbboy
Aug 27, 2012 9:45 pm
myzie
myzie
28 August 2012

Roof Top Patio Reno

Roof Top Patio Reno

Hi I am new to the forum and any help would be appreciated! I have a 18 square foot patio that is on top of the bottom level of my house. The tiles have cracked and the…

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myzie
Aug 28, 2012 9:56 pm
polly66
polly66
30 August 2012

painting tips?

painting tips?

thanks so much , I shall get on with it this weekend

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polly66
Aug 30, 2012 8:52 am
chatterbox
chatterbox
30 August 2012

tilers and electrical outlets....?

tilers and electrical outlets....?

YES ALL DONE..... holes were cut out of the villa board, tilers tiled around them... now just got to make decisions on the switch sockets etc.....

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chatterbox
Aug 30, 2012 2:42 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
31 August 2012

Archicentre cost guide query

Archicentre cost guide query

Hi Pab... I gave more detail in my other post but didn't get a response so I thought I'd keep this one brief :wink: . Extension would be roughly 30m2 - single level - no…

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How Hard Can it Be
Aug 31, 2012 11:55 am
Michelle
Michelle
3 September 2012

My First Home Reno

My First Home Reno

Keen to watch your reno...... :D

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Michelle
Sep 03, 2012 7:48 pm
Michelle
Seanr
Seanr
3 September 2012

Removing/closing off fireplace

Removing/closing off fireplace

Hi there, Unlikely to be floorboards underneath the brick hearth, depending on the floorboards used in the rest of the room it could be very difficult or relatively easy…

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Seanr
Sep 03, 2012 9:44 pm


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