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free will
free will
15 July 2011

Extending a single storey to a double possible?

Extending a single storey to a double possible?

We are looking to demolish the old extension to our house (about 2 squares) and add 15 squares over two stories to make a total of about 25 squares. This will cost about…

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free will
Jul 15, 2011 8:06 pm
MrGumby
MrGumby
16 July 2011

Asbestos Question

Asbestos Question

OK, thanks for that. so other than paint, what sealant can I use? Is there a spray on sealer that is suitable for fibro?

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MrGumby
Jul 16, 2011 7:22 am
Darren Stewart
Darren Stewart
17 July 2011

Help/Question about skirting boards with a pic

Help/Question about skirting boards with a pic

If you change the architrave's and run the sides all the way to the floor, replacing the section in between the new arch's with a flat piece of matching timber ( looks…

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Darren Stewart
Jul 17, 2011 5:10 pm
Tony From West Oz
Tony From West Oz
17 July 2011

Warped French Doors

Warped French Doors

OK, so this forum is not particularly active. In my searches on this topic, I located suggestions ranging from taking the door off and weighting the most warped point, so…

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Tony From West Oz
Jul 17, 2011 11:55 pm
deconst
deconst
20 July 2011

NSW building activity

NSW building activity

I put my own renovation out to tender and it took about 4 weeks to get all the responses back. I think the speed of tender responses depend on how much rain there's been -…

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deconst
Jul 20, 2011 12:39 pm
deconst
chuth77
chuth77
20 July 2011

Moving phone, internet and TV connections

Moving phone, internet and TV connections

By all means you can move your TV points... No drama's there and Bunnings will even sell you the various suitable terminations and crimps you'll need... Moving phone and…

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chuth77
Jul 20, 2011 12:49 pm
kims
kims
21 July 2011

ICF builders in Perth?

ICF builders in Perth?

Hi Dongle, That's a whole heap of handy information - thanks heaps. I checked out the concrete blocks at MidlandBrick (Boral) website after reading your suggestion and…

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kims
Jul 21, 2011 1:49 am
devank
devank
22 July 2011

Small reno – is this worth it?

Small reno – is this worth it?

House is valued at 600K. So it is not a great return.…

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devank
Jul 22, 2011 10:29 am
devank
dlk65
dlk65
23 July 2011

Power Box / Electrical Box

Power Box / Electrical Box

Hi Graham, The negativity I read about the smart meters is the fact that they will be networked to the power companies and they will be able to monitor power usage at…

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dlk65
Jul 23, 2011 9:10 pm
vlt
vlt
26 July 2011

Any restrictions on building walls next to windows?

Any restrictions on building walls next to windows?

Thanks everyone, I'm not to worried about the boundary as it seems to be standard to build to the boundary in our area (particularly when the…

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vlt
Jul 26, 2011 8:39 am
bentombed
bentombed
28 July 2011

old tiles!! bah

old tiles!! bah

Hello, thanks for the help, i'm in melbourne and thus far have had very little luck locating the tiles. the tiler i have gone with to fix up the obvious things reckons he…

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bentombed
Jul 28, 2011 1:13 pm
eyspy
eyspy
30 July 2011

Gyprock Flushing

Gyprock Flushing

hell yeah on the vac ! When I first started out in the trade donkeys years ago, all by hand and no vac. Now my nose is knackered and the slightest sneeze sets it bleeding.

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eyspy
Jul 30, 2011 10:15 pm
eyspy
eyspy
30 July 2011

Building in rear verandah

Building in rear verandah

Pretty easy to do really, just some frame work and cladding is needed (of course the obvious power and windows) Make sure you seek council permission first. Another thing…

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eyspy
Jul 30, 2011 10:20 pm
d@n
d@n
30 July 2011

Plans completed - need colour help

Plans completed - need colour help

wow... that is some slope and construction you got there.

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d@n
Jul 30, 2011 10:26 pm
Christsnp
Christsnp
30 July 2011

Move internal wall between bedrooms

Move internal wall between bedrooms

Thanks for the post, thanks for breaking it down for me, I thought it really wasn't a big job. We are not handy, so will need to find a builder or good handyman. Thanks again

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Christsnp
Jul 30, 2011 11:38 pm
MARIA E
MARIA E
31 July 2011

HOW CAN ADD A 2ND LEVEL TO MY HOME

HOW CAN ADD A 2ND LEVEL TO MY HOME

http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k634/mariae1233 Dear Arch, Thanks for your interest and im in C.A. Panama, the house in reference is my…

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MARIA E
Jul 31, 2011 5:26 am
catrionaa84
catrionaa84
31 July 2011

Decking/Pergola companies in Adelaide

Decking/Pergola companies in Adelaide

Hi everyone, We are looking at getting a new deck and pergola installed (definately don't want to do the work ourselves as we dont have the skills and would rather pay to…

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catrionaa84
Jul 31, 2011 6:04 pm
GBusername
GBusername
3 August 2011

Splitting existing corner house into two dwellings

Splitting existing corner house into two dwellings

Hello all, Great forum. Considering splitting corner allotment house into two houses, as in a duplex, and adding second floors to both halves. Has anyone had any…

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GBusername
Aug 03, 2011 11:44 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
5 August 2011

Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchen

1. Do I need to get an approval from City of Casey (Melbourne)Call your council, they are the ones who will know the best. 2. Can…

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chrisandkate
Aug 05, 2011 4:01 pm
eyspy
eyspy
8 August 2011

Extend backwards or upwards, which one is cheaper?

Extend backwards or upwards, which one is cheaper?

Cost ??? Hmmm ? Similar. But, BUT ? Think long and hard about going up. The disruption will be greater. The downstairs will be disrupted by the up stairs. Weather if…

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eyspy
Aug 08, 2011 4:48 pm
avaganda
avaganda
11 August 2011

Merbau Patio Railings/Screen

Merbau Patio Railings/Screen

Yes you must especially Merbau. Use a timber wash then hose it down and apply two coats of sealer. All my decking looks a treat but must be bled.

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avaganda
Aug 11, 2011 9:54 pm
Jeremyheyes
Jeremyheyes
12 August 2011

Budget Kitchen, Bathroom Reno Tradesmen Recommendations PLZ!

Budget Kitchen, Bathroom Reno Tradesmen Recommendations PLZ!

If you send the pictures of the kitchen then it would be good. Then we can see which should be where.

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Jeremyheyes
Aug 12, 2011 4:15 pm
eyspy
eyspy
13 August 2011

Ceiling Roses

Ceiling Roses

Having painted many Heritage homes and for the National Trust, I have found that all house differ in what ceiling roses they use. Some homes will stick with the same rose…

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eyspy
Aug 13, 2011 10:23 am
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
14 August 2011

I HATE HATE HATE MY HOUSE!!!!!!!!

I HATE HATE HATE MY HOUSE!!!!!!!!

oh I can say that moving from our home of 7 years into a rental while we wait for our build as re-affirmed that we are doing the right thing with our new home the passive…

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mecha-wombat
Aug 14, 2011 8:13 pm
mecha-wombat
Darren Stewart
Darren Stewart
15 August 2011

Cornice - putting new conice over old 55mm cove cornice

Cornice - putting new conice over old 55mm cove cornice

Exactly what I was going to say, but it's not that difficult to remove the old 'cleanly' if required. You just have to go along the top and bottom edges with a utility…

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Darren Stewart
Aug 15, 2011 4:56 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
15 August 2011

How can you tell if it is a structural wall

How can you tell if it is a structural wall

Architect you are very right - we should just get someone in to go over everything. I guess because we are really just tossing around ideas at the moment and trying to get…

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How Hard Can it Be
Aug 15, 2011 8:24 pm
jln
jln
18 August 2011

Roofing with tiles- valleys and ridges

Roofing with tiles- valleys and ridges

OK. I found this site that explains how to use these clips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb8T6vCrYLk Thanks again

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jln
Aug 18, 2011 9:56 am
11seaside
11seaside
18 August 2011

For Sale Arto Statesment Stainless Steel Square Mixer

For Sale Arto Statesment Stainless Steel Square Mixer

For Sale 1 x Brand New in Box Never Opened Arto Statesment Stainless Steel Square Mixer Latest Style great looking mixer. RRP - $720 Highest Bidder at End of…

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11seaside
Aug 18, 2011 9:56 pm
deconst
deconst
20 August 2011

stone villa outer wall moving outward

stone villa outer wall moving outward

Goodness, it sounds like you need a structural engineer to have a look at that.

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deconst
Aug 20, 2011 11:16 pm
deconst
IZofSA
IZofSA
24 August 2011

Decking Prices...?

Decking Prices...?

Well if you go 90mm boards you work out about 10 lineal meters per…

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IZofSA
Aug 24, 2011 4:11 pm
eyspy
eyspy
26 August 2011

Never say 'Never again !"

Never say 'Never again !"

Thanks for the kind comments. Yes I lived in every one of them whilst…

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eyspy
Aug 26, 2011 10:55 am
downundersir
downundersir
27 August 2011

Bathroom/Laundry extension roof/flooring issues

Bathroom/Laundry extension roof/flooring issues

Hi, i am not a builder. But i had a not dissimilar situation, we poured a slab at ground level & lived with steps. The laws in NSW have changed recently, best to seek…

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downundersir
Aug 27, 2011 10:15 pm
sbryzak
sbryzak
28 August 2011

DIY Roof repointing n ridge capping

DIY Roof repointing n ridge capping

There's a few good videos on YouTube that show how to do this.

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sbryzak
Aug 28, 2011 8:19 am
Jods
Jods
28 August 2011

Thinking Of Owner Builder an Extension

Thinking Of Owner Builder an Extension

Hi, well I have not started my reno's yet, but I am more and more looking like doing an owner builder job, the builder I had in mind didn't turn out to be a decent one, I…

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Jods
Aug 28, 2011 8:01 pm
Sunshihan
Sunshihan
29 August 2011

Rennovating on existing structure or to renovate outwards up

Rennovating on existing structure or to renovate outwards up

I think you can easily add the wall on your upstairs, but to remove a internal wall, any professional builder will need engineer plan for that. also about the small…

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Sunshihan
Aug 29, 2011 12:53 pm
Sunshihan
Sunshihan
29 August 2011

Building in upstairs verandah - comments welcome!

Building in upstairs verandah - comments welcome!

I like your WIR, big area. Do not need to keep it open, you already have enough space for your master room. And If I build that, I may close that door and have open left…

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Sunshihan
Aug 29, 2011 3:55 pm
cenemelectrical
cenemelectrical
29 August 2011

TV points

TV points

The reason they dont install clipsal matching faceplate, is because most antenna guys use cheap chinese plates etc... because they can get them for around 2 dollars…

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cenemelectrical
Aug 29, 2011 4:13 pm
Ched
Ched
1 September 2011

Paint colour advice please!

Paint colour advice please!

I have Paperbark Colorbond windows throughout the house, and need advice on an exterior paint colour to use. The walls are rendered with a terracotta tile roof. I am…

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Ched
Sep 01, 2011 3:31 pm
ring09
ring09
1 September 2011

Retractable flyscreen in alfresco

Retractable flyscreen in alfresco

We were going to get these when we moved in, checked out a few places and ended up going all the way out to Sunbury to have a look at this place, we liked them the best. …

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ring09
Sep 01, 2011 6:19 pm
ring09
IZofSA
IZofSA
7 September 2011

Building decking/pergola serparately or at same time?

Building decking/pergola serparately or at same time?

McLovin - it is better to build them at the same time to achieve the seamless look. The outside timber posts to which the decking bearers and joists are attached should…

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IZofSA
Sep 07, 2011 12:07 pm
westozman
westozman
7 September 2011

Kinzone

Kinzone

Has anyone in Perth had a renovation done by a company called Kinzone?

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westozman
Sep 07, 2011 2:43 pm
Longwaytogo
Longwaytogo
8 September 2011

Stumped about stumps

Stumped about stumps

That's great advice. Thank you so much.

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Longwaytogo
Sep 08, 2011 9:49 pm
rocketship
rocketship
13 September 2011

Enclosing an outdoor area at the front of the house

Enclosing an outdoor area at the front of the house

Maybe post a photo, might help get a clearer picture of what you currently have. Sorry, I'm no help with cost estimates.

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rocketship
Sep 13, 2011 2:55 pm
funkychick
funkychick
13 September 2011

Extension plans - Any comments welcomed

Extension plans - Any comments welcomed
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I hear what your saying, but we've already done the figures and it make more financial sense to extend. Our house is already worth twice what we paid for it. To buy…

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funkychick
Sep 13, 2011 4:45 pm
becost
becost
14 September 2011

Reverse brick veneer

Reverse brick veneer

Thanks some woman and eyspy. I'll let you know how I get on!

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becost
Sep 14, 2011 5:50 pm
nemisis
nemisis
16 September 2011

Carpenter here in Adelaide

Carpenter here in Adelaide

Looking for a Carpenter to quote me on an extension job in Adelaide. Please PM me contact details.

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nemisis
Sep 16, 2011 5:33 pm
beaglebum
beaglebum
17 September 2011

Polished concrete floor

Polished concrete floor

hm thanks, I think the one he looked at used some sort of coat....we will definately have to look into it more.

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beaglebum
Sep 17, 2011 7:23 pm
jusblaz
jusblaz
19 September 2011

Help! Timber floor advice.

Help! Timber floor advice.

We are in the process of renovating a 104 year old house and would like to get the floor boards sanded and polished. Would appreciated contact details for someone located…

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jusblaz
Sep 19, 2011 10:22 pm


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