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I would like to paint and approve the appearance on a internal masonry wall in a 1960's apartment. The wall currently has a rough textured like finish, its not textured…

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S1m0n
Dec 20, 2014 3:24 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 December 2014

Federation era house, ceramic sewer/drain pipes

Federation era house, ceramic sewer/drain pipes

Everything will be earthenware ( terracotta ) pipes unless someone has upgraded with plastic. Most will probably be 12" to 18" deep at most. You will have to do some…

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Stewie D
Dec 16, 2014 9:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 December 2014

sand/cement render on internal walls - Federation era house

sand/cement render on internal walls - Federation era house

Hi Kathy You will find it's a lime mortar and it's not very structural Once you start chipping away you may never stop...handle with care

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 16, 2014 8:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Use the IMG code under the "Share Links" side heading so we don't have to go to a third party…

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Stewie D
Dec 11, 2014 2:54 pm
insider
insider
10 December 2014

What is cause my house to move?

What is cause my house to move?

Hi Stewie, Thanks for replying to my posting. And thanks for pointing out the thread on slab heave. I live in Blackburn South in…

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insider
Dec 10, 2014 5:44 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
2 December 2014

Exterior Siding Advice

Exterior Siding Advice

the window will come out easily by the look of it. Is the inside of window frame leaking damaged? If so remove window , pack frame to suit , refit window or purchase new…

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wobbly1
Dec 02, 2014 5:48 am
gayle1
gayle1
1 December 2014

Self-leveller over coloured concrete slab??

Self-leveller over coloured concrete slab??

Fantastic. Thank you becjarrettdalton. That advice will come in very handy when I get to the major rooms. Concrete mower; never heard of it but sounds like just the thing.

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gayle1
Dec 01, 2014 8:51 am
ThomasMaloney
ThomasMaloney
27 November 2014

Plans and Choosing a Builder

Plans and Choosing a Builder

I've actually been playing around with the idea for getting the storage cabinets in my kitchen reworked and I don't have the most money to go do everything so I…

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ThomasMaloney
Nov 27, 2014 5:15 pm
ThomasMaloney
Ponzu
Ponzu
26 November 2014

Renos gone bad

Renos gone bad

try product review. might be on there.

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Ponzu
Nov 26, 2014 3:39 pm
hails_b_86
hails_b_86
26 November 2014

My California bungalow

My California bungalow

Yeah it is structural, we had a bit of a issue installing a shelf lintel in so we ended up getting an lvl in the ceiling to support the roof strut and strap on the ceiling…

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hails_b_86
Nov 26, 2014 3:26 pm

Hey kas. what kind of renovation are you doing. I am currently renovating at 1936 californian bungalow and have found Subiaco restorations to be great for that era house.…

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hails_b_86
Nov 25, 2014 3:28 pm
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
25 November 2014

Insulation Retrofit with existing Floc Insulation.

Insulation Retrofit with existing Floc Insulation.

Is it necessary to vacuum and clean out the existing Floc Insulation before insulating with the bat style…

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JazzyJess
Nov 25, 2014 12:47 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 November 2014

Reframing vintage windows

Reframing vintage windows

For double hung windows you are better off going to a joinery shop and getting them to hang them in a frame. If they were just casement windows the timber is just a…

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Stewie D
Nov 24, 2014 9:50 am
Liliana
Liliana
21 November 2014

Advice needed on renovating period home in Melbourne

Advice needed on renovating period home in Melbourne

I would also add to kats_meow's excellent advice - don't trust any builders' websites and don't expect that being a member of a professional organisation like the Master…

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Liliana
Nov 21, 2014 3:01 pm
13Jack
13Jack
20 November 2014

carpet steam cleaning recommendations!

carpet steam cleaning recommendations!

can anybody recommend carpet steam cleaning services for Melbourne (west suburbs) ?

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13Jack
Nov 20, 2014 1:09 am
qebtel
qebtel
19 November 2014

Defect in VIc Ash Timber Floor?

Defect in VIc Ash Timber Floor?

If this is being installed onto plywood they are not doing a good job. Yes it will look fine after they fill with putty and polish it but it will…

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qebtel
Nov 19, 2014 3:03 pm
Joostoz
Joostoz
18 November 2014

Wall removal / move 2 doors

Wall removal / move 2 doors

A month has passed... And a lot has happened. The bathroom has been tiled (floor being done this week), and then the plumber will come to fit off the shower / toilet etc.…

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Joostoz
Nov 18, 2014 2:50 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
17 November 2014

gutter mesh holder

gutter mesh holder

The only WaterGate one that I have seen comes with the fold. Any experience with folding aluminium neatly without a proper brake bender?…

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SaveH2O
Nov 17, 2014 6:19 pm
SaveH2O
karmaz
karmaz
15 November 2014

Stratco or Shademaster?

Stratco or Shademaster?

I have a quote for a pergola from a Stratco dealer - Undercover Concepts and another company - Allweather Shelters who use a 'Shademaster' solution. According to the sales…

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karmaz
Nov 15, 2014 6:31 pm
karmaz

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trent79
Nov 12, 2014 9:51 pm

If you want to renovate your bathroom, then I suggest you this time use wall panels wall your bathroom wall. There is lots of stylish wall panels are available for your…

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ansh
Nov 12, 2014 8:32 pm
Liliana
Liliana
10 November 2014

Bathroom basin/sink in laundry

Bathroom basin/sink in laundry

We have a laundry/bathroom combo room and we used the Caroma Metro 35 Utility basin. Don't know if it is to your taste but see link:

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Liliana
Nov 10, 2014 6:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 November 2014

Floor Plan Advice / Possible renovation

Floor Plan Advice / Possible renovation

Only you can make those decisions. You just have to weigh up all the pros vs cons and costs vs functionality. Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 09, 2014 9:53 am
CraigMcluckie
CraigMcluckie
9 November 2014

Bathroom / Kitchen / Dining reconfiguration

Bathroom / Kitchen / Dining reconfiguration

I love the way you have spelt out all the details and given accurate picture of your house. The hallway section can be worked out beautifully into a storage-cum-aisle…

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CraigMcluckie
Nov 09, 2014 6:00 am
IrishEyes
IrishEyes
8 November 2014

Cost to build 2nd storey in Canberra

Cost to build 2nd storey in Canberra

Thanks Stewie for your reply. Good to know we are on the right track.

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IrishEyes
Nov 08, 2014 11:35 pm
bare_essentials
bare_essentials
8 November 2014

Recommendations for Roof guttering repair company / tradie

Recommendations for Roof guttering repair company / tradie

Where abouts in Sydney are you based? It would be cheaper to repair where possible as opposed to putting in new.

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bare_essentials
Nov 08, 2014 10:15 am
bare_essentials
bare_essentials
8 November 2014

Need a good tiler

Need a good tiler

Are you in Sydney? If so I can recommend ours, he was fantastic!

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bare_essentials
Nov 08, 2014 10:11 am
jenathome
jenathome
6 November 2014

Removing paint from red brick quoins

Removing paint from red brick quoins

There is a product called Peel Away paint removal. I haven't used it myself but have seen it used many times including on some significant old buildings. It is a…

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jenathome
Nov 06, 2014 12:04 pm
jenathome
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
6 November 2014

Please help me match this tile ::praying::

Please help me match this tile ::praying::

If you can't find a tile that matches why not go for something completely different like wood or polished concrete and as such making it a feature instead of trying to…

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Burnsfirsttime
Nov 06, 2014 10:53 am
Burnsfirsttime
Athom80
Athom80
3 November 2014

Extension - Draftsman quote

Extension - Draftsman quote

Thanks. Definitely shopping around!

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Athom80
Nov 03, 2014 12:42 pm
rothwell
rothwell
2 November 2014

1" concrete bed under tiles warps under direct sunlight?

1" concrete bed under tiles warps under direct sunlight?

hi guys, at the front of our house, we have a indoor tiled area around 5x2m that used to be part of a veranda but has since been enclosed. the tiles are on a 1" thick…

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rothwell
Nov 02, 2014 3:23 pm
Frankie321
Frankie321
2 November 2014

Surviving a full house renovation, avoiding bad air quality

Surviving a full house renovation, avoiding bad air quality

Thanks bpratt for the suggestion about using a fan to bring in fresh air and push out bad air. You know, as I think about it, everything else is merely inconvenience…

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Frankie321
Nov 02, 2014 9:10 am
newbie at caddens
newbie at caddens
1 November 2014

Adding alfresco to existing house

Adding alfresco to existing house

Hi, I am considering to build an alfresco in our new home. We could not afford the additional $6k builder asked to build it. It will be approximately 3.7 X 3.5 mtrs. I…

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newbie at caddens
Nov 01, 2014 3:06 am
mgilla
mgilla
31 October 2014

Extension slab is higher than existing slab

Extension slab is higher than existing slab

its most likely that where they took the height off the original slab was higher than the edge you were joining into. I almost got caught once where the only place we…

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mgilla
Oct 31, 2014 6:09 pm
Knorf
Knorf
29 October 2014

Renovation - so much to do - Thornlie

Renovation - so much to do - Thornlie

I too have an older house in thornlie I am trying to give some love, though not as old as yours. I'd be interested in seeing more pictures of your place, and things you've…

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Knorf
Oct 29, 2014 2:44 pm
qebtel
qebtel
27 October 2014

Over $3700 per square metre.. is this normal?

Over $3700 per square metre.. is this normal?

If you arent in Syd or Melb, often is just cheaper to sell up and get the house you want, especially now that the market is depressed . Cost of building has become ridiculous.

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qebtel
Oct 27, 2014 10:55 am
my_builder_mate
my_builder_mate
27 October 2014

Advice Sought - House Renovation Layout

Advice Sought - House Renovation Layout

Hi Clee What area are you in? I know there are lot of design & build extension/renovation companies around now that can provide you with a turn key type solution. The…

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my_builder_mate
Oct 27, 2014 10:36 am
Perfecthouse
Perfecthouse
20 October 2014

Opinions on extension plans

Opinions on extension plans

IMO you should get those type of windows which are at older part. From the artistic view of architecture or house building- we can say known quote: "In the simplicity,…

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Perfecthouse
Oct 20, 2014 6:20 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 October 2014

Approximate renovation costs

Approximate renovation costs

Most of either ( myself included ) that I know won't travel over the bridge. There is this thread here however viewtopic.php?f=53&t=56879. Send a PM to some of the posters…

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Stewie D
Oct 20, 2014 9:17 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
18 October 2014

Steps to take to extend

Steps to take to extend

Structural engineer is who you need. If you show them your rough plans beforehand they'll be able to give a quick answer based on that. Wobbly1's idea is a good one. Some…

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Stewie D
Oct 18, 2014 7:42 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
14 October 2014

Where to buy external render bead?

Where to buy external render bead?

I bought the plastic type at Bunnings

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Beetaloo
Oct 14, 2014 12:07 pm
Beetaloo
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
14 October 2014

glue down vs floating floor

glue down vs floating floor

all of those things are exactly what I heard as well from various flooring companies regarding direct stick or floating. At the end of the day they both have their…

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Burnsfirsttime
Oct 14, 2014 10:39 am
Burnsfirsttime
Carl
Carl
12 October 2014

Subfloor bathroom slab questions

Subfloor bathroom slab questions

I'd tend to go the whole hog, rip it out and re-new the slab in the bathroom. It also sounds like any termite proofing has been compromised as…

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Carl
Oct 12, 2014 7:31 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
9 October 2014

Cladding - Biowood, Future Wood? Anyone used it?

Cladding - Biowood, Future Wood? Anyone used it?

You just posted the link, to have the image appear on the forum you need photobucket or a similar hosting site...

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Treeseachanger
Oct 09, 2014 5:27 pm
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wobbly1
Oct 09, 2014 2:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 October 2014

Best way to estimate major renovation.

Best way to estimate major renovation.

So tell us RenoV8ter, what did the estimate come back at ? I'd estimate $30 g to lift and at 150 sq m x $2200 per sq m to build the lower storey you're looking at $360,000…

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Stewie D
Oct 08, 2014 11:04 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
7 October 2014

Alfresco with kitchen

Alfresco with kitchen

Hi Pedestrian, If you are building over an easement, which it seems you are, then buildings in that situation must be class 10 I think. Verandahs, and sheds and carports…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 07, 2014 2:21 pm
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Bluesuede
Oct 03, 2014 12:58 pm
Bluesuede


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