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drad81
drad81
11 April 2017

excavation - Sydney sandstone

excavation - Sydney sandstone

Hi Adam, As a point of reference I was quoted $35,000 to excavate 400sqm of clay from a Sydney job. That's bulk excavation without detail.

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drad81
Apr 11, 2017 3:51 pm
theriver
theriver
31 March 2017

Steps/stairs for residential property

Steps/stairs for residential property

That's great to hear. I don't quite know though if it was originally built like that, or whether it was later extended by the previous owners, as the property looks like a…

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theriver
Mar 31, 2017 5:30 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
31 March 2017

interior designer cost ?

interior designer cost ?

It depends on how many works can the same employee do, but having always the truth about his/her professionality on it. Try to find some company that can do all the jobs…

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SaveH2O
Mar 30, 2017 11:10 pm
SaveH2O
mick1990
mick1990
30 March 2017

extension on top of Garage with a shared wall?

extension on top of Garage with a shared wall?

You'll definitely need approval from the council and from your neighbours - had a mate that made an extension on a shared wall and he had some issues getting the wiring…

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mick1990
Mar 30, 2017 10:52 am
mick1990
mick1990
30 March 2017

Trying to strip wallpaper over woodpaneling

Trying to strip wallpaper over woodpaneling

Hi guys, For whatever reason the previous owners used wallpaper over some nice wood pannelled walls in the rumpus. I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of it without a…

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mick1990
Mar 30, 2017 10:48 am
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buildX
Mar 30, 2017 9:30 am
buildX
rvrolla
rvrolla
28 March 2017

Uneven tongue and groove flooring

Uneven tongue and groove flooring

I would be more concerned in repairing what had caused the drop - do you have any ideas?

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rvrolla
Mar 28, 2017 8:28 am
bryn
bryn
24 March 2017

Renovation - new floorboards - staircase?

Renovation - new floorboards - staircase?

Yes, a number of the better floating floor systems have stair nosing as a product, so you use the nosing piece as the edge and then standard boards for the tread & riser.…

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bryn
Mar 24, 2017 11:10 am
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

Hi Debshere, I know this is a late reply, but we are still around (thanks for the mention Beetaloo). It's been a while since we were affiliated with Westcourt though. Now…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 4:01 pm
Allrisk
Our Build123
Our Build123
20 March 2017

Quoting for a renovation?

Quoting for a renovation?

It really comes down to what your time is worth. Have decided on your hourly rate and laid out an estimate of time for each task? Generally if it's labour only I'd calc…

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Our Build123
Mar 20, 2017 12:41 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
15 March 2017

Removing brick internal walls - Californian bungalow Sydney

Removing brick internal walls - Californian bungalow Sydney

It's hard to say a ball park cost without seeing a rough plan or photos, feel free to upload some. https://youtu.be/_DlwtgzXVQw Kind Regards James Mason - Our Build.

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Our Build123
Mar 15, 2017 10:00 am
Our Build123

Hi all I have an old brick and tile house, 1940s, and in the original part of home the walls have a textured paint finish to them - see below I would like to smooth…

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f1jez1980
Mar 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
10 March 2017

Structural Wall?

Structural Wall?

Hey mate Thanks for the pictures, it's a little hard to tell unfortunately. That short wall may take a beam that divides the span of the room. Best bet would be to…

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Our Build123
Mar 10, 2017 6:40 pm
Our Build123
farmmum96
farmmum96
7 March 2017

Master Bedroom Help!

Master Bedroom Help!

What are the dimensions? I'm assuming if it was a single car garage it was minimum of 3.5 metres, possibly 4m wide? The master bedroom in my house is only 3.5m wide…

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farmmum96
Mar 07, 2017 10:32 pm
farmmum96
farmmum96
7 March 2017

Sound proofing between granny flat and house

Sound proofing between granny flat and house

The door is not on that wall (it's a 4.8 metre straight wall with no windows or doors etc), however both the adjoining bedroom and the studio have doors opening onto a…

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farmmum96
Mar 07, 2017 1:27 pm
bryn
bryn
6 March 2017

Flooring - Tiles next to Engineered Timber

Flooring - Tiles next to Engineered Timber

Under floorboards you would use masonite not cement sheet generally, but yes it adds up. Whats the existing surface- if its concrete you wont need a cement sheet under…

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bryn
Mar 06, 2017 3:47 pm
bryn
bryn
6 March 2017

Flat roof -

Flat roof -

Why do you want a flat roof? How flat is "flat"? Colourbond can do 5% fall in some profiles. SIPS can do the same. Hebel could possibly do less with a waterproofing…

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bryn
Mar 06, 2017 3:44 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
4 March 2017

Apartment Bathroom Renovation

Apartment Bathroom Renovation

Hi @kitty1 if you are looking for renovation products for your apartment's bathroom, try dropping by to Renovation Kingdom in 9 Barney St North Parramatta or just…

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Our Build123
Mar 04, 2017 8:26 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
4 March 2017

Mold in wall and door architrave

Mold in wall and door architrave

Trust your gut, if they have to do some repairs in that a anyway, then they can fix whatever you remove to satisfy your own interests. Kind Regards James Mason - Our…

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Our Build123
Mar 04, 2017 8:30 am
Our Build123
qebtel
qebtel
28 February 2017

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard is impact & water resistant. Drill it and you'll find out. Tile underlay is not water resistant, you cannot use it to sheet a wall in a wet area, but you…

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qebtel
Feb 28, 2017 1:32 pm
tfosydney
tfosydney
27 February 2017

External brickwall tiling

External brickwall tiling

Hi there, It really depends on how uneven your brick work is, if it is only…

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tfosydney
Feb 27, 2017 12:41 pm
tfosydney
buildX
buildX
24 February 2017

How to save money on renovations

How to save money on renovations

One great way to save even for future home improvements is by maintaining your electrical wires working at its best state. Because keeping them in good condition could…

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buildX
Feb 24, 2017 12:51 pm
buildX
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Berek
Feb 21, 2017 7:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
21 February 2017

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Hi Loadchaos Your existing footings will need to conform with current Codes & Aust Standards eg. AS2870 residential footings, etc I suggest you sort ot you Plans &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2017 5:04 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi - this is a picture of our house before we started renovations. Attached are elevations to give idea of what it will like when finished along with suggested colour…

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Nixy
Feb 18, 2017 6:27 am
Lotti
Lotti
14 February 2017

suggest me some low budget roofing solutions .

suggest me some low budget roofing solutions .

I agree with Willey. We have an asphalt shingle roofing and it was installed by a…

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Lotti
Feb 14, 2017 9:42 am
DU86
DU86
9 February 2017

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

i can give more details... what do you want to know... there is a sloping roof over the back part of house please see floorplans attached

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DU86
Feb 09, 2017 2:10 pm
Festivusoz
Festivusoz
8 February 2017

Retrofit wall insulation - weatherboard home

Retrofit wall insulation - weatherboard home

Thanks James for your feedback. I am looking into retrofitting sisilation as a u-shape between the studs. Then putting in some insulation. I think the batts are a little…

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Festivusoz
Feb 08, 2017 10:39 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
6 February 2017

Renovating attic space above garage

Renovating attic space above garage

Agreed with first comment, consultant a structural engineer. Kind Regards James Mason - Our Build. www.renovationjunkies.com.au www.ourbuildhandyman.com.au

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Our Build123
Feb 06, 2017 7:48 pm
Our Build123
Vdubbed 12
Vdubbed 12
6 February 2017

Subfloor supports: what are they used for?

Subfloor supports: what are they used for?

Thank you both for your advice. My brother was given a time to put in an offer and he was just speculating I guess, from his very recent experience where the work done on…

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Vdubbed 12
Feb 06, 2017 11:21 am
D101
D101
3 February 2017

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

We are looking to extend our house and are having to choose between going to a major builder and getting them to do everything vs going to our own architect, getting them…

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D101
Feb 03, 2017 6:59 pm
building-expert
building-expert
2 February 2017

Asbestos Roof Repair on Sleepout with furniture stored under

Asbestos Roof Repair on Sleepout with furniture stored under

If you can identify where there is a crack or leak coming from and you can reach without putting weight on the roof you can use either silicone or…

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building-expert
Feb 02, 2017 1:08 pm
building-expert
Peterpan1992
Peterpan1992
31 January 2017

Wooden boardwalk

Wooden boardwalk

Hey guys I'm building a wooden boardwalk at the front of my house. This is my first attempt at Diy. I need opinions on what way I should have it going. How do I post…

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Peterpan1992
Jan 31, 2017 10:02 am
cathierabbit
cathierabbit
29 January 2017

Before & Afters -80's Red Brick Beachhouse Budget Reno

Before & Afters -80's Red Brick Beachhouse Budget Reno

Just sharing some before & afters of my reno. (Put this in the Interior Decoration forum first before I found this one - seems more appropriate). Did most of the work…

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cathierabbit
Jan 29, 2017 6:53 pm
CameronRobertson
CameronRobertson
26 January 2017

External Decorative Fixed Blade Shutters

External Decorative Fixed Blade Shutters

IT's actually pretty hard to match old stuff on your house - tile, brick, and pretty much all the other materials, if you hadn't kept some spare stuff aside when you first…

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CameronRobertson
Jan 26, 2017 3:14 pm
CameronRobertson
bryn
bryn
23 January 2017

Building in underneath a deck

Building in underneath a deck

you want to enclose the underside of the deck, both walls & ceiling? If the deck roofed/walled above the deck level? That style of deck is by design not sealed- you cant…

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bryn
Jan 23, 2017 3:43 pm
bryn
bryn
23 January 2017

New plaster - pin holes everywhere

New plaster - pin holes everywhere

its common to see that in the first coat, but you always need at least two coats to get a good finish (3 if its deep). Have they done 2 coats?

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bryn
Jan 23, 2017 3:37 pm
cross74
cross74
20 January 2017

Zacuba Bricks

Zacuba Bricks

Does anyone know if you can still source Zacuba bricks? PGH have a similar colour but the Zacuba are slightly smaller than a standard brick. I am doing an extension and…

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cross74
Jan 20, 2017 12:00 pm
oldchippy
oldchippy
10 January 2017

hanging doors

hanging doors

When I did my time back in the late 60's it was 9 & 6 9" up from the bottom and 6" down from the top. or to you young'ns 230mm & 150mm.

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oldchippy
Jan 10, 2017 9:12 pm
oldchippy
oldchippy
7 January 2017

Help with beam size for new opening

Help with beam size for new opening

You will need to seek out an engineer who will do the comp's for you, which you can attach to your plans you have had drawn up for your proposal when you lodge them for a…

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oldchippy
Jan 07, 2017 3:23 pm

My outdoor area is comprised of two different concrete slabs. One old slab that has some old paving on it and a newer slab that is about 70mm lower than the old one -…

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trexathon
Jan 05, 2017 11:55 am
Guzzi07
Guzzi07
3 January 2017

Brick Spalling

Brick Spalling

Hi: I have a wooden farm house near Crookwell in NSW built prior to 1907 which I am slowly restoring. The brickwork for the chimneys (for the two chimneys on the outside…

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Guzzi07
Jan 03, 2017 3:44 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 December 2016

Taps - water hammer - how to stop

Taps - water hammer - how to stop

You can buy anti water hammer tap seals like the Hydroseal and other anti hammer devices like the Fix-a tap hammer relief valve. Just Google "Anti water hammer fittings"…

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SaveH2O
Dec 30, 2016 3:31 pm
SaveH2O
qebtel
qebtel
30 December 2016

Planning and Builidng consent fees

Planning and Builidng consent fees

the standard methodology in Australia is this - start off around the market rate, then gradually ramp up your fees and see how much a koala will bear. You'll find most…

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qebtel
Dec 30, 2016 12:08 pm
kingy13
kingy13
28 December 2016

building a carport

building a carport

Hi all Long (relatively) time reader, first time poster :D I am moving back into one of my investment properties with the intention of doing some renovations to make it…

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kingy13
Dec 28, 2016 6:42 pm
Jennie1
Jennie1
27 December 2016

Council Inspections

Council Inspections

The NSW Ombudsman complaint handling work is aimed at exposing and eliminating conduct that is illegal, unreasonable, unjust or oppressive, improperly discriminatory,…

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Jennie1
Dec 27, 2016 7:40 pm


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