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Stewie D
Stewie D
25 August 2015

MDF vs Gyprock?

MDF vs Gyprock?

The rest is plastered. If you mean plasterboard over timber frame then keep any repairs using the same materials. I've never heard of…

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Stewie D
Aug 25, 2015 8:30 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 August 2015

How long to wait after underpinning?

How long to wait after underpinning?

I forgot to mention the underlining reason why I see so many problems is that there are no Codes (Australian Standards) for underpinning (that I know of) and the solution…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 25, 2015 8:05 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Cyclops
Cyclops
24 August 2015

Fire Retarding Paint

Fire Retarding Paint

We have moved a weatherboard house onto a scrap of land in a small town Victoria. The Building permit has the BAL set at 29. The move and reconstitution of the house was…

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Cyclops
Aug 24, 2015 9:42 pm
purrfection
purrfection
24 August 2015

When to do rewiring? Advice wanted

When to do rewiring? Advice wanted

Yes, my sparky's coming by this week to take a look at the existing set-up and discuss the options. Thanks for your advice 1960sModernistHome and all; will go look at AS3000 now.

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purrfection
Aug 24, 2015 11:13 am
purrfection
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 August 2015

New timber flooring/electrical - advice needed

New timber flooring/electrical - advice needed

If this is a second storey or higher unit you won't be allowed to install timber flooring ( or any other hard surface like tiles ) on your floors except your bathroom and…

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Stewie D
Aug 21, 2015 11:04 am
Mclaren
Mclaren
18 August 2015

New shower door fter 4 years in our new house?

New shower door fter 4 years in our new house?

Thanks ... it seems like a good idea to me, but how do I convince the other half??? :roll:

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Mclaren
Aug 18, 2015 10:26 am
Mclaren
adele9
adele9
17 August 2015

FIRST RENOVATION TIP/ADVICE

FIRST RENOVATION TIP/ADVICE

Get as many quotes for trades as you can, but keep in mind that you often get what you pay for. I would prefer to pay a bit extra for a company that has been recommended…

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adele9
Aug 17, 2015 10:04 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
15 August 2015

Trowel size

Trowel size

If you are talking the notch size as opposed to the actual overall trowel dimensions then for a floor tile you are probably looking at 12mm x 12mm. That will of course…

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Stewie D
Aug 15, 2015 8:40 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 August 2015

Painting bricks and roof - your suggestios with colour schem

Painting bricks and roof - your suggestios with colour schem

Personally, I think I'd be mostly keeping the bricks. Then with the roof I'd be looking at a brown if it's a cool climate, or maybe a white roof if hotter…

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Stewie D
Aug 13, 2015 12:02 pm
decogal
decogal
6 August 2015

Removing 1930s kitchen chimney and alcove: help!

Removing 1930s kitchen chimney and alcove: help!

thanks Stewie, yep we'll get a structural engineer out too. As much as I would love the kitchen reno and opening up a huge amount of space to replace the current tiny set…

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decogal
Aug 06, 2015 11:45 am
purrfection
purrfection
3 August 2015

Converting bedroom to bathroom - piece of string question

Converting bedroom to bathroom - piece of string question

Thanks Stewie. I had thought to allow about $30k all up so I'm pleased to hear your estimate. On another note, the step-down concerns me because I was going to put down…

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purrfection
Aug 03, 2015 12:08 pm
purrfection
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
3 August 2015

Floor joist beams replacement

Floor joist beams replacement

One minor issue is that the old timbers will be imperial (inches) but new timber is metric (and slightly smaller) so it is more difficult to replace individual timbers. …

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Beetaloo
Aug 03, 2015 11:13 am
Beetaloo

For anyone interested we have a finished staircase now. Minus the painting etc. We used Brad at Going…

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Bella
Jul 27, 2015 11:43 am
Bella
LindaP
LindaP
24 July 2015

3m v 2.7m ceiling height cost difference?

3m v 2.7m ceiling height cost difference?

Thanks, I have just spoken with a plasterer who said there is not much difference in cost between 2.7 and 3 but once you go over 2.4m costs go up considerably because of…

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LindaP
Jul 24, 2015 12:42 pm
MrBee
MrBee
24 July 2015

Chip in Caesarstone :(

Chip in Caesarstone :(

Accidents do happen but one of the benefits is that Caesarstone can be repaired to an almost flawless finish. In Sydney, we would…

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MrBee
Jul 24, 2015 7:57 am
MrBee
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 July 2015

Costs involved in second storey addition.

Costs involved in second storey addition.

See this thread here where there is similar info for new houses and renos. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=77705 You need to work out how many sq m you are looking at for your…

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Stewie D
Jul 21, 2015 9:58 pm
Stivat
Stivat
17 July 2015

Need to strengthen ceiling joists?

Need to strengthen ceiling joists?

Thanks Beetaloo What about the option of sistering the existing joists with 90 x 35 pine? I was planning on glueing and screwing new joists to the existing ones. S

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Stivat
Jul 17, 2015 10:11 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 July 2015

Extension/ Renovation

Extension/ Renovation

Hi there! Best of luck with all your plans to renovate, this sounds great! My name is Madeleine Johnson and I’m an associate producer from Channel 9. I am reaching out…

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Stewie D
Jul 16, 2015 1:29 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
16 July 2015

bathroom floor sheeting

bathroom floor sheeting

Im assuming you want to put the tile mat for waterproofing? The yellow tongue will be enough for a base. You don't need to apply another substrate on top but you will…

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Adam.M
Jul 16, 2015 10:25 am
starlight_cruiser
starlight_cruiser
15 July 2015

Fixing an impractical extension???

Fixing an impractical extension???

Hi Just to update we left our house as is but got it professionally staged as 3 bedroom with 2 living. Sold our house on the first open, accepted an offer in the middle…

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starlight_cruiser
Jul 15, 2015 12:52 pm
AJW
AJW
12 July 2015

Adelaide asbestos removal recommendations

Adelaide asbestos removal recommendations

Extracting asbestos is a risky and complex procedure that needs properly qualified and qualified industry experts. At…

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AJW
Jul 12, 2015 12:18 pm
designbyrj
designbyrj
8 July 2015

Removal of brick quoins?

Removal of brick quoins?

Step 1. Remove the quad molding from the eaves Step 2. Remove the top few layers of bricks Step 3. Remove brick ties Step 4. Remove lower layers of bricks

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designbyrj
Jul 08, 2015 5:57 pm
designbyrj
Rts.empire
Rts.empire
7 July 2015

Plaster in a 2002 home?

Plaster in a 2002 home?

Hi Stewie, Thanks for your reply and your help. I am in WA. I have solved the issue I think, the difference isn't actually noticeable once I apply an undercoat. I have…

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Rts.empire
Jul 07, 2015 8:09 pm
tbrazel
tbrazel
4 July 2015

Extension help

Extension help

Hi, Have you considered extending up rather than out? Extending to a second story can be the same price and sometimes even cheaper depending on your soil type. Not to…

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tbrazel
Jul 04, 2015 7:31 pm
tbrazel
tbrazel
4 July 2015

Help with our 70's kitchen

Help with our 70's kitchen

Hi there! Best of luck with all your plans to renovate, this sounds great! My name is Madeleine Johnson and I’m an associate producer from Channel 9. I am reaching out…

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tbrazel
Jul 04, 2015 7:20 pm
aussieta
aussieta
30 June 2015

Removing interior wall advice

Removing interior wall advice

i found the biggest cost on a non-load bearing wall was the new carpet

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aussieta
Jun 30, 2015 4:45 pm
aussieta
goody59
goody59
29 June 2015

Stormwater Location

Stormwater Location

In my last house on stumps they were suspended under the house from the bearers. It worked beautifully for 30 years. Good for blockages and fault finding too. Suspend away…

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goody59
Jun 29, 2015 8:41 pm
goody59
needshelpalot
needshelpalot
28 June 2015

need help with everything wrong with this brick work

need help with everything wrong with this brick work

Can you tell me what is wrong with it specifically? The guy explained that the side with the quarter bricks has a big space that needs to be accommodated for. Like if…

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needshelpalot
Jun 28, 2015 12:41 am
robbie_p
robbie_p
23 June 2015

Installing downlights

Installing downlights

Hi guys, I am looking at getting downlights installed in my newly renovated main room, WIR and ensuite (soon to be renovated). I thought that while I get these rooms…

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robbie_p
Jun 23, 2015 11:39 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
23 June 2015

front deck before and after

front deck before and after

For me it's the aspect, wind and weather that would determine having a pergola or not and what you want the area to be used for. Similar to Sandra, I'd ask myself, would…

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Treeseachanger
Jun 23, 2015 12:12 am
bpratt
bpratt
21 June 2015

Entry Door Widening Recommendations

Entry Door Widening Recommendations

The frame is delivered already nailed together, and it's then put together, versus the 'stick' method, where the chippies cut and nail the timber together piece by piece.

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bpratt
Jun 21, 2015 9:41 pm
designbyrj
designbyrj
20 June 2015

How to furnish our home with leather?

How to furnish our home with leather?

Like leather for its durability Both luxurious and practical, genuine leather lounges tend to complement any home decor. If combined with quality construction, they offer…

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designbyrj
Jun 20, 2015 8:39 pm
designbyrj
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
19 June 2015

Ceiling Cracks

Ceiling Cracks

In our 3 year old house I've noticed a couple of cracks in the ceiling panels. These originate in areas where there is a right angle from…

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Saint Mike
Jun 19, 2015 11:54 am
Saint Mike
merchman
merchman
19 June 2015

Bedroom - Before & After Photos

Bedroom - Before & After Photos

That looks amazing! Congratulation on the transformation. Perhaps you should offer some kind of interior decorating service ;)

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merchman
Jun 19, 2015 11:34 am
merchman
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 June 2015

Our Canberra Extension/Rebuild

Our Canberra Extension/Rebuild

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/20 ... 14-193.pdf Houses - 1,375.00/m^2 Additions and - 2,247.00/m^2 alterations to residential…

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Stewie D
Jun 18, 2015 4:55 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 June 2015

Floorboard flex after sanding

Floorboard flex after sanding

You may just be the third or fourth owner who has had the floorboards sanded. Each time they take off another couple of mm so your original 20mm floorboards may be down to…

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Stewie D
Jun 17, 2015 10:55 am
littlemiracles
littlemiracles
13 June 2015

Toilet addition

Toilet addition

Hi all Our current ensuite is just a shower and vanity. We are looking to make it bigger and put in a toilet. Just wondering if anyone has any advice on how difficult…

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littlemiracles
Jun 13, 2015 7:01 pm
ajansen
ajansen
12 June 2015

How would you add a bathroom?

How would you add a bathroom?

Could the living area below Bed 2 become Bed 1 and then Bed 1 could be a WIR & Ensuite. I also liked the idea of using the Living Room & Garage Area, but you would loose…

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ajansen
Jun 12, 2015 10:34 am
CluelessOne
CluelessOne
10 June 2015

Help! New Kitchen/renovation suggestions please

Help! New Kitchen/renovation suggestions please

Hi there! Best of luck with all your plans to renovate, this sounds great! My name is Madeleine Johnson and I’m an associate producer from Channel 9. I am reaching out…

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CluelessOne
Jun 10, 2015 9:25 pm
Curiously
Curiously
8 June 2015

Kerlite tiles directly over existing tiles? Or ...?

Kerlite tiles directly over existing tiles? Or ...?

Hi We have some unattractive tiling in the entry hall. Getting the whole hallway stripped back and retiled is not easy as the two quotes so far have really said-don't do…

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Curiously
Jun 08, 2015 11:54 pm
Roomeat
Roomeat
8 June 2015

What can I do to make better use of space?

What can I do to make better use of space?

Glad to help. Just remember.. At the end of the day it's your home.. and your the one that needs to be happy in it ;) I agree with the others regarding the wall between the…

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Roomeat
Jun 08, 2015 10:19 am
Roomeat
clairelv
clairelv
7 June 2015

Moving kitchen

Moving kitchen

I'm looking to move my kitchen to another room. The house is on a concrete slab, from where the existing sink the new place for the sink is…

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clairelv
Jun 07, 2015 11:22 am
gatoblanconz
gatoblanconz
6 June 2015

patchy kwila post

patchy kwila post

Thanks mgilla. Do you sand it first? This looks already stained. I may rent the property out and I'm looking for something to seal up those posts.

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gatoblanconz
Jun 06, 2015 10:48 am
jay12angel
jay12angel
5 June 2015

Help me fix my floor plan

Help me fix my floor plan

What is between the ensuite and the walkin wardrobe? You could use that space to open the ensuite more. Ajansen's plan sounds really good.

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jay12angel
Jun 05, 2015 11:30 am
Bonnie_p
Bonnie_p
4 June 2015

My Reno Rescue

My Reno Rescue

Wow, what a transformation. Lovely flooring

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Bonnie_p
Jun 04, 2015 10:49 am
Bonnie_p


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