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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
tjbu
tjbu
15 December 2016

Floor Tolerances for Extension

Floor Tolerances for Extension

Yeasss, I would appreciate your help - I'm also looking for info! __________________________________________________________________

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tjbu
Dec 15, 2016 10:52 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
13 December 2016

Strengthen a deck

Strengthen a deck

Hi. 3 meters is excessive and I am guessing that they used 90x45 pine? Generally you would want to keep it at 2m max or 1.5m which would be better. Some options, you…

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Adam.M
Dec 13, 2016 10:07 am
aaronaaronaaron
aaronaaronaaron
12 December 2016

Funny Dunny?

Funny Dunny?

Here is the setup, see the access pipe on the top right, i undid this to confirm if this made a different, it did not.

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aaronaaronaaron
Dec 12, 2016 6:05 pm
aaronaaronaaron
aaronaaronaaron
12 December 2016

Extension, where to start

Extension, where to start

You can draw up and measure up and then quote yourself based on Bunnings prices, add a couple of thousand for misc. add your draftsman and council costs, then double that…

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aaronaaronaaron
Dec 12, 2016 9:24 am
leni
leni
11 December 2016

Kitchen Hob wall

Kitchen Hob wall

Will you replace the kitchen? Maybe just remove the whole Wall.

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leni
Dec 11, 2016 1:02 am
leni
aaronaaronaaron
aaronaaronaaron
9 December 2016

Replacing wooden house posts with steel - what gauge?

Replacing wooden house posts with steel - what gauge?

Hi, I need to replace existing wooden posts (like the power poles), with steel posts on a single story qlder. Some of the house has new posts (75*75*?), but for whatever…

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aaronaaronaaron
Dec 09, 2016 9:58 am
Our Build123
Our Build123
3 December 2016

Builders Margin vs "Management/Supervision/Administration"

Builders Margin vs "Management/Supervision/Administration"

It's a tricky one to comment on without seeing the full contact. All cost plus contracts take a high level of trust from both parties. There have been stories of builders…

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Our Build123
Dec 03, 2016 11:32 am
Our Build123

That's very logical - I think I'll go with this. On another note, the stonemason mentioned there might be a 5mm gap between the benchtop and the IKEA cabinets due to…

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johnzo
Nov 28, 2016 8:23 am
Our Build123
Our Build123
25 November 2016

Remove walls

Remove walls

Sure, try a site called HI Pages, you will get three quotes from licenced contractors - www.hipages.com.au Kind Regards James Mason www.renovationjunkies.com.au

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Our Build123
Nov 25, 2016 5:38 am
Our Build123
architect_yourself
architect_yourself
18 November 2016

Plans for extension

Plans for extension

Have they considered having a crack at the design themselves first? A lots of draftsmen are just that, they can drive CAD. Don't expect them to come up with anything…

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architect_yourself
Nov 18, 2016 3:59 pm
architect_yourself
architect_yourself
architect_yourself
18 November 2016

Renovation plans and costings - advice

Renovation plans and costings - advice

Hey, can I ask where North is on your plans? It is vital to know where the sun is before designing anything, otherwise you run the risk of spending all your hard earned…

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architect_yourself
Nov 18, 2016 3:44 pm
architect_yourself
hendyb
hendyb
16 November 2016

Drafter recommendations for Sydney/St George area

Drafter recommendations for Sydney/St George area

Hi, I'm thinking of doing a ground extension and general renovations and have a hard time to find excellent drafters as most of them that I could find on the internet does…

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hendyb
Nov 16, 2016 8:13 am
qebtel
qebtel
4 November 2016

Squeaky floor & Masonite.

Squeaky floor & Masonite.

First you need to identify where the squeak is coming from exactly.

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qebtel
Nov 04, 2016 10:11 am
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
1 November 2016

Basement renovation costs

Basement renovation costs

You've done the right thing getting your geotech and civil engineers involved early to get independent professional design advice, but if you want cost advice then you're…

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1960sModernistHome
Nov 01, 2016 6:33 pm
1960sModernistHome
Crazyk
Crazyk
1 November 2016

Suspended weight from rafters

Suspended weight from rafters

That'll be fine. It's just like you walking on the rafters. Effectively you have 5kg on each rafter. Not a problem at all

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Crazyk
Nov 01, 2016 6:07 pm
Crazyk
GillyM
GillyM
31 October 2016

Stripping of Outdoor Deck

Stripping of Outdoor Deck

We have a large outdoor deck which was coated with Intergrain Ultradeck. Most of the deck is fine, but around the edges (where it gets the most sun & rain) it is peeling.…

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GillyM
Oct 31, 2016 12:04 pm
GillyM
Our Build123
Our Build123
27 October 2016

Major reno but in which order?!

Major reno but in which order?!

Next 50 years... LOL, I know the feeling, we are finally wrapping up ours (#SSBBproject) after 4 years. Your build sounds very similar to ours, in either order will be…

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Our Build123
Oct 27, 2016 6:31 pm
Our Build123
4wdewok
4wdewok
23 October 2016

Builder/ Carpenter Newcastle area

Builder/ Carpenter Newcastle area

Hi all, We have just bought our first home I am looking at removing a load bearing wall and reducing the size of another to open up the living areas. I have been into the…

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4wdewok
Oct 23, 2016 8:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 October 2016

Conversion of shearing shed to house

Conversion of shearing shed to house

Victorian homebuilders must be sick and tired of having to hire all these expert consultants at great expense and LOL you guys also have the worst record of building…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 19, 2016 5:03 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
building-expert
building-expert
19 October 2016

Building company too expensive

Building company too expensive

They probably will get their nose out of joint if they miss out on the build job but I don't think you should be held to ransom if you don't want to proceed with them.…

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building-expert
Oct 19, 2016 1:31 pm
building-expert
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 October 2016

No Permit for existing extension

No Permit for existing extension

Hi Miss Lotus Its sounds like the structure on the boundary is non-compliant the major issue with structures built on the boundary is fire compliance Your issue now is to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 19, 2016 9:21 am
StructuralBIMGuy
mickloff
mickloff
18 October 2016

Anyone ever bought from direct tile and bath in perth?

Anyone ever bought from direct tile and bath in perth?

Hi Brad, Sorry for the late reply. I ended up purchasing from these guys. Likewise the tiler was impressed with the quality and advised i had got a great price. What…

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mickloff
Oct 18, 2016 1:01 pm
themakeovergroup
themakeovergroup
14 October 2016

Kitchen island - Where to start

Kitchen island - Where to start

Hi Baxter01, If you're looking for kitchen design ideas ideas check out…

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themakeovergroup
Oct 14, 2016 3:35 pm

Hi All My wife and I Moved into my Masterton Home about 1 year ago and have a decent size home theater room. A niche was installed against one of the walls. The niche is…

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Faulksy
Oct 13, 2016 11:49 pm
Althom
Althom
10 October 2016

Garage Door Replacement

Garage Door Replacement

Thanks, quite reasonable then

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Althom
Oct 10, 2016 12:47 pm
Althom
Jazz926
Jazz926
10 October 2016

MDF Skirting Painting and filling nail hole

MDF Skirting Painting and filling nail hole

Thanks mate. Love the sound of Liquid Nail as it's sounds like a nice clean easy solution. Do you reckon over time it may peel or lose its adhesiveness? If I go Liquid…

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Jazz926
Oct 10, 2016 12:11 am
RJ_McGray
RJ_McGray
6 October 2016

Second Story Addition Sydney

Second Story Addition Sydney
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hi , sorry it has been a while since I checked in here! We live in Sylvania, down in the Sutherland shire. Yes, even though there was not an architect, we had plenty of…

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RJ_McGray
Oct 06, 2016 5:16 am
RJ_McGray

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