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simnatped
simnatped
24 March 2015

Polish floorboards before raising house?

Polish floorboards before raising house?

Thanks guys. I might get a quote, that will probably decide it for me.

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simnatped
Mar 24, 2015 11:20 am
davinci
davinci
23 March 2015

Blue board?? and recommendations for a panel system

Blue board?? and recommendations for a panel system

Google weathertex panels... Stud wall insulation is required with this product If you want render, have a look at unitex website... Foam panels with acrylic render

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davinci
Mar 23, 2015 9:24 pm
davinci
damienh7
damienh7
11 March 2015

Attach timber frame between concrete stumps - best method?

Attach timber frame between concrete stumps - best method?

Having now removed most of the existing timber/cladding that was attached, I've found that most stumps (those that I've checked closely enough) actually have one or two…

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damienh7
Mar 11, 2015 12:30 pm
mabs8588
mabs8588
6 March 2015

Paint and Stair Advice :)

Paint and Stair Advice :)

Hi everyone I need some help with a few things. We are renovating our place. When we purchased the place it had dark brown exposed beams and cream colour walls with…

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mabs8588
Mar 06, 2015 12:22 pm
vomiec
vomiec
27 February 2015

Timber deck, to concrete base or not

Timber deck, to concrete base or not

Yeah, concrete is great in terms of durability – in my opinion it’s the better option, if you’re thinking of the long-term, especially considering the potential…

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vomiec
Feb 27, 2015 4:21 pm
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
27 February 2015

House removal / relocation

House removal / relocation

You could advertise it on gumtree "come and take whatever you want" - to save extra dump costs. We had a few calls from people saying if we couldnt find anything they'd…

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cat_dunc
Feb 27, 2015 2:21 pm
cat_dunc
Carla99
Carla99
26 February 2015

Expansion joint

Expansion joint

Thanks, I'm going to give it a go in a small area first. I recon any mistakes will only cost me the price of the plaster beading and base coat - if it doesn't work I'll…

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Carla99
Feb 26, 2015 1:44 pm
Carla99
K4neX
K4neX
26 February 2015

Moving garage internal access door

Moving garage internal access door

Thanks, I am waiting to get my hands on the construction plan.

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K4neX
Feb 26, 2015 12:09 pm
Glennc74
Glennc74
25 February 2015

install gas hot water system in the shower room?

install gas hot water system in the shower room?

Yes it can be done and will require fixed ventilation the sizes of which will be different depending on whether the ventilation is direct to the outside or from another…

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Glennc74
Feb 25, 2015 5:50 pm
stephenm50
stephenm50
25 February 2015

Trisodium phosphate in Melbourne or online in Australia

Trisodium phosphate in Melbourne or online in Australia

Hi, I will be doing some lead dust cleanup over the weekend and I've read that one of the best, clean products to use is trisodium phosphate. It used to exist in many…

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stephenm50
Feb 25, 2015 1:08 pm
33amc
33amc
24 February 2015

Help floor damage after qld storm

Help floor damage after qld storm

The biggest problem in Raceview is the black soil. I'm also guessing your house is around 20 yrs old. Sink hole would seem unlikely without knowing your street. Only parts…

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33amc
Feb 24, 2015 7:36 pm
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
22 February 2015

Renovating house but not sure about new layout - help please

Renovating house but not sure about new layout - help please

Personally I would prefer to have kitchen & living areas up stairs and bedrooms/laundry etc downstairs. Upstairs you get the nice views, nice breezes etc, and as you say,…

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1960sModernistHome
Feb 22, 2015 8:07 am
1960sModernistHome
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 February 2015

Fixed cost contract v Cost plus contract

Fixed cost contract v Cost plus contract
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Nearly all our renovation work was done like that as cost plus - mostly on older federation homes, Victorian terraces, post-war etc. You can break it down to individual…

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Stewie D
Feb 21, 2015 10:05 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
19 February 2015

Which interior paint - Taubmans, Wattyl, Haymes, Dulux etc?

Which interior paint - Taubmans, Wattyl, Haymes, Dulux etc?

I have used dulux, wattyl, and taubmans. In my opinion taubman's comes out the most like the colour chips and a superior finish, followed closely by wattyl and dulux.

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Treeseachanger
Feb 19, 2015 8:26 pm
travelbug
travelbug
17 February 2015

wall colour to go with tiles

wall colour to go with tiles

I like Hog Bristle quarter. It is warm. If you get something that is not a warm tone it won't go. It's not really browny. If you want a type of white Antique White is warm.

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travelbug
Feb 17, 2015 11:10 am
Samboss260
Samboss260
16 February 2015

Bit of advice need for next steps.

Bit of advice need for next steps.

Need a bit of advice as to what my best next step should be. We are in the planning stages of our reno. 3 extra bedrooms, extend WIR, extend ensuite, extra garage…

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Samboss260
Feb 16, 2015 9:06 pm
rickjdavies
rickjdavies
16 February 2015

Puzzling roof leak

Puzzling roof leak

Re condensation, good idea, but not the problem I suspect I sealed the top of the flue some time ago. But I will check to see if any gaps remain, where moist air may…

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rickjdavies
Feb 16, 2015 11:19 am
BettyLuke
BettyLuke
13 February 2015

Adding studs for 600 centers, Meet inspection?

Adding studs for 600 centers, Meet inspection?

Next thing we will have to find out is about changing some of the cladding as to what was on the original plans, A few builders we spoke to said not to worry about it…

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BettyLuke
Feb 13, 2015 7:04 pm
33amc
33amc
11 February 2015

Bearers sagging due to stump being removed

Bearers sagging due to stump being removed

An acrow will lift it, put your shoulder into it. WD40 the thread and use a lever if need be. Without seeing how much load is on it hard to say conclusively what size PFC…

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33amc
Feb 11, 2015 8:06 pm
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 February 2015

Decking Porch cost

Decking Porch cost

Good luck!.... You can't go wrong.

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Adam.M
Feb 09, 2015 9:15 am
helenn82
helenn82
9 February 2015

Loose lay vinyl planks shrinking?

Loose lay vinyl planks shrinking?

Hi everyone, We have redone our front verandah in our cottage and put new vinyl in. We were recommended to try the loose lay vinyl planks and finished it last night. It…

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helenn82
Feb 09, 2015 7:30 am
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
8 February 2015

Renovation of Large 70s Brick Home - Questions

Renovation of Large 70s Brick Home - Questions

I say go for it. Homes in that era were very well built. New homes, especially "off the plan" project homes are generally not well designed, use cheap materials, and are…

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1960sModernistHome
Feb 08, 2015 4:09 pm
1960sModernistHome
goody59
goody59
8 February 2015

extending alfresco roof

extending alfresco roof

Hi goody59, Not sure what state you are in but I am a building officer here in SA and any attachments to existing roofs needs approval regardless…

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goody59
Feb 08, 2015 3:59 pm
goody59

Hi I just re-carpeted and repainted my living room. I have an old white standing shelf that i want to break into separate wall-shelf's. Here are some pictures which should…

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jan_murawski
Feb 05, 2015 10:21 pm
t_banning
t_banning
5 February 2015

Deck Advice!

Deck Advice!

Thanks guys! It was good fun.

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t_banning
Feb 05, 2015 9:14 pm
winter_1429
winter_1429
1 February 2015

Reno v KDRB

Reno v KDRB

@yvonneh and @Bluesuede... Thanks so much for your feedback and comments. Reno numbers are big... And the only way we could keep costs contained would be to run with…

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winter_1429
Feb 01, 2015 8:44 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 January 2015

"Minor" excavation under home

"Minor" excavation under home

Unfortunately, there is no easy way from what I can see. Questions 1. Have you checked out the external perimeter footings and column pad footings ie dimensions 2. How…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 30, 2015 9:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
jacs
jacs
30 January 2015

Brisbane Asbestos removals - recommendations/feedback

Brisbane Asbestos removals - recommendations/feedback

Used A1 Asbesto, as they had an A class license. They were fast but rough, left some asbestos and cleaning rags behind, and didn't save everything I asked them to save.…

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jacs
Jan 30, 2015 11:54 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 January 2015

The "SMALL SPACE BIG BUILD PROJECT", follow our journey.

The "SMALL SPACE BIG BUILD PROJECT", follow our journey.

A lot of the costs in cleaning bricks with or without a machine is in the labour. Obviously doing it yourself you will save quite a bit but that depends on how clean the…

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Stewie D
Jan 29, 2015 2:19 pm
thecloseman
thecloseman
29 January 2015

Feedback requested on this layout

Feedback requested on this layout

I think the reno plan looks good and don't understand bashworth's comments. Any summer sun on windows can be eased with blinds/shutters. Maybe more…

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thecloseman
Jan 29, 2015 12:53 pm
Atomix
Atomix
28 January 2015

Rob's big renovation

Rob's big renovation
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Hi Roba, I realise this is a very old post but I really like how your house turned out and I am looking for a good architect in Sydney, just wondering if you would give…

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Atomix
Jan 28, 2015 5:43 pm
jayjay_bne
jayjay_bne
25 January 2015

Planning and DA costs for Extension / Renovation - Brisbane

Planning and DA costs for Extension / Renovation - Brisbane

Hi, We have some good contacts if anyone is interested for all the above. We just went through 6-8 month process just for council approvals for a new build in the…

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jayjay_bne
Jan 25, 2015 10:59 am
33amc
33amc
21 January 2015

Screwing safety grab rail into steel frame

Screwing safety grab rail into steel frame

It should be fine straight into the steel stud

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33amc
Jan 21, 2015 11:02 pm
33amc
33amc
20 January 2015

HELP! Can I move a drain?!

HELP! Can I move a drain?!

You do need a plumber as suggested. Certain diameter pipes can only run so far without venting. If they are over run it could cause poor drainage or even a vacuum in the…

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33amc
Jan 20, 2015 10:17 pm
concrete_guy101
concrete_guy101
20 January 2015

Deck tiles for Apartment Balcony

Deck tiles for Apartment Balcony

Yea it pays to get the right professional concreting company in to deck tiles as it can be quick a tricky ordeal. I recommend using …

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concrete_guy101
Jan 20, 2015 10:58 am
chibidrawing
chibidrawing
16 January 2015

Builder near Mitcham VIC

Builder near Mitcham VIC

Hi, We are looking at doing some renovations and an extension in Mitcham. Does anyone have recommendation for affordable builders in this area? Thanks heaps.

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chibidrawing
Jan 16, 2015 4:06 pm
chibidrawing
darkstar151
darkstar151
15 January 2015

Porcelain large format tiler Perth

Porcelain large format tiler Perth

Hi there, Can anyone recommend a good quality tiler in Perth that uses the lippage levelling system so ensuring no lippage on large format tiles. I did have a guy lined up…

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darkstar151
Jan 15, 2015 12:18 am
marioklepo
marioklepo
13 January 2015

Lanko 184 or Arditex NA

Lanko 184 or Arditex NA

With my, now renovation of a Federation weatherboard, I've packed the sides of the house however the Baltic pine flooring isn't nicely level. Has anyone used either…

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marioklepo
Jan 13, 2015 9:27 pm
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WJones
Jan 13, 2015 3:46 pm
RedHotMike
RedHotMike
8 January 2015

Easement size tolerance

Easement size tolerance

It is for sewage. The problem is that ACTEW water has already approved a reduction from 3m to 2.2m saying that it is an absolute minimum they…

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RedHotMike
Jan 08, 2015 9:18 pm
Surfnturf
Surfnturf
6 January 2015

Building a FirePlace into an Existing Home

Building a FirePlace into an Existing Home
1, 2

Hi there - thanks for a great outline! I'm about to tackle a similar project myself. One question - regarding the triple flue arrangement.…

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Surfnturf
Jan 06, 2015 8:20 pm
anoldman
anoldman
4 January 2015

Nailing Hardiplank

Nailing Hardiplank

Thx Spong good tips.....Stewie I live in rural wheatbelt WA nearest Bunnings, and access to tradespeople 170 kms. To do as you suggest would entail the use of plumbers and…

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anoldman
Jan 04, 2015 8:28 am
Our Build123
Our Build123
3 January 2015

1930's semi restoration and renovation - Advice required

1930's semi restoration and renovation - Advice required

Hey guys, nice looking place! Generally a house of that age will be constructed from the old lime mortar (I.e. With no cement), so mortar joints and render will be soft…

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Our Build123
Jan 03, 2015 10:24 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
3 January 2015

Deck bearer spans for bearers and joists

Deck bearer spans for bearers and joists

Might want to consult with an engineer but 120*70 as bearers seams like overkill, generally 90*70 HWD of the rack will suffice, otherwise a single 140*45 H3 bearer should…

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Our Build123
Jan 03, 2015 9:40 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
3 January 2015

Anyone can recommend me a reliable&good builder in Leichhard

Anyone can recommend me a reliable&good builder in Leichhard

I would try Peter Ginns from Genuine Building Services, Pete does a great job and mainly focuses on the inner west. Dets below - Peter Ginns | Director ABN 830 6218…

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Our Build123
Jan 03, 2015 8:03 pm
Our Build123
willpower
willpower
31 December 2014

Enclosing Carport Questions

Enclosing Carport Questions

There are so many cladding options available and you mentioned some pro's and con's of each. I think it would come down to which criteria is most important for you. Have…

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willpower
Dec 31, 2014 4:58 pm
willpower
willpower
willpower
31 December 2014

Free standing carport advice

Free standing carport advice

Agree with Stewie, there are pros and cons with all options-you can weigh them up but ultimately what look do you want? Timber frame with corro sheets, or lightweight…

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willpower
Dec 31, 2014 1:21 pm
willpower
dacurt
dacurt
30 December 2014

App or website for drawing house internal walls etc

App or website for drawing house internal walls etc

Hi Patthecat, I'll give you my un-biased opinion (even though this is exactly the service my company provides). You will be able to model your house using a number of…

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dacurt
Dec 30, 2014 1:42 pm
kats_meow
kats_meow
27 December 2014

What to do about poor tiling job

What to do about poor tiling job

Contact your department of Fair Trading/Consumer Affairs and ask for their advice. I do believe (but will stand to be corrected!) that under Consumer Law you are entitled…

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kats_meow
Dec 27, 2014 2:19 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 December 2014

Sanding & polishing existing Cyprus pine floorboards

Sanding & polishing existing Cyprus pine floorboards

You can go the traditional polyurethane finish but quite a few new floors are coated with Tung Oil which is better for maintenance. Both give a pretty clear finish and it…

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Stewie D
Dec 27, 2014 10:40 am


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