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Bluesuede
Oct 03, 2014 12:58 pm
Bluesuede
qebtel
qebtel
3 October 2014

Help please! Removal of load bearing wall & sunroom

Help please! Removal of load bearing wall & sunroom

DIY, or engage a contractor, no permits required either way.

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qebtel
Oct 03, 2014 11:44 am
wobbly1
wobbly1
30 September 2014

Barge board help

Barge board help

Ty mgilla

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wobbly1
Sep 30, 2014 2:22 pm
missmae
missmae
26 September 2014

Building rubbish dumped on verge

Building rubbish dumped on verge

You need to contact QBCC (or Equivalent Builders Commission for your state) and report the landscapers. They will follow it up for you.

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missmae
Sep 26, 2014 7:45 pm
qebtel
qebtel
26 September 2014

HIA contract for house slide and raise in Qld

HIA contract for house slide and raise in Qld

Are you saying the builder and house raiser are one and the same? What is the scope of the work? More details...

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qebtel
Sep 26, 2014 12:33 pm
t_banning
t_banning
25 September 2014

Quick Bearer Span Question

Quick Bearer Span Question

Thanks everyone! Love this forum. I have found a product called Superlam which is a laminated hardwood product. It comes in 90x70 and is H3 treated. Manufacturer…

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t_banning
Sep 25, 2014 7:24 pm
Just Rite Pty Ltd
Just Rite Pty Ltd
25 September 2014

best brick sealer product?

best brick sealer product?

Any sealer will trap water in the brick, or even inside the wall or house, causing (over time) things like brick face delamination, etc. The old brick needs to breath. I…

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Just Rite Pty Ltd
Sep 25, 2014 10:40 am

I'm looking for ideas/tips on where/how to put a children's room. We've got two more rooms upstairs, but since stairs are quite steep, I guess we'll have wait utill the…

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vesoljc
Sep 22, 2014 9:16 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
22 September 2014

Deck/Pergola Design

Deck/Pergola Design

Re the "plastic wood". It can look good and last. If you pick a quality one. If you use real wood you'll need to keep it well and look after it. Not sure where you…

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Saint Mike
Sep 22, 2014 8:23 am
Saint Mike
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
22 September 2014

Cutting Laminated Board

Cutting Laminated Board

Hi vouge, I'm a bit confused as to where these lights will finish up. Stewie D is definitely right about going through the board and depending on where this wiring needs…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 22, 2014 1:16 am
enviroflexinsulate
enviroflexinsulate
19 September 2014

Retro insulation of brick veneer & weatherboard

Retro insulation of brick veneer & weatherboard

Hello I've only just seen the post I'm sorry. Enviroflex Insulation in Knoxfield actually provides a blown in insulation solution for brick veneer, double brick and…

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enviroflexinsulate
Sep 19, 2014 4:02 pm
enviroflexinsulate

This diagram gives you an idea of the path of the sun ( note it is northern hemisphere sketch so just flip east and west…

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Stewie D
Sep 18, 2014 12:33 pm
qsand
qsand
17 September 2014

remove flooring or lay new flooring on top of old

remove flooring or lay new flooring on top of old

This is probably too late, but the info will be here for others. It is actually better to lay the new floor Over the top of the old floor. That way the new floor is…

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qsand
Sep 17, 2014 10:19 am
qsand
freakychick
freakychick
14 September 2014

Which comes first - gutters or fascia?

Which comes first - gutters or fascia?

Who is removing the old? Because the gutter needs to come off first then the fascia. Fascia goes back on before the…

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freakychick
Sep 14, 2014 11:40 pm
freakychick
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 September 2014

Cost of Relocating Plumbing in Concrete Slab?

Cost of Relocating Plumbing in Concrete Slab?

As per what mgilla is saying - if you have to cut a decent sized trench into the concrete ( anything past the reo is major ) then you will most assuredly compromise the…

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Stewie D
Sep 14, 2014 11:57 am
jodge
jodge
13 September 2014

Help in preparing wood paneling to paint.

Help in preparing wood paneling to paint.

Hi there, I would use a coat or two of Zinsser Cover Stain (from Bunnings). It's an oil-based primer but you can use water-based acrylic over the top. You will only…

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jodge
Sep 13, 2014 10:58 pm
jodge
freakychick
freakychick
13 September 2014

Master bedroom reno (minor)

Master bedroom reno (minor)

here's some colours you can contemplate Grey, blue and some orange for contrast and green. white , blue and silver Lime green, black white walls Sage green, rust and…

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freakychick
Sep 13, 2014 1:40 am
freakychick
musicmum
musicmum
11 September 2014

Builders discount warehouse Brisbane

Builders discount warehouse Brisbane

We are considering checking out Builders Discount Warehouse. Anyone have experience with quality/ prices? They don't have much of a website.

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musicmum
Sep 11, 2014 6:50 pm
seano
seano
6 September 2014

Colour Schemes for Classic Cream Colorbond

Colour Schemes for Classic Cream Colorbond

Are you able to put up a picture? A visual might help people get a better idea and offer some suggestions :)

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seano
Sep 06, 2014 1:55 pm
mgilla
mgilla
5 September 2014

Purlins?

Purlins?

Sorry that was a bit of a convoluted answer. Should have read "If your putting blanket under the tin then go with top hat metal battens" Your rafter size will be…

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mgilla
Sep 05, 2014 4:16 pm
shackonthehill
shackonthehill
2 September 2014

Cost to put a beam in

Cost to put a beam in

Hi Wobbly and Saint Mike Thank you both so much for your replies. I sort of thought it would be around that. Not too bad I suppose. I think if I could get that done,…

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shackonthehill
Sep 02, 2014 9:13 pm
shackonthehill
bpratt
bpratt
2 September 2014

Vermiculite ceilings

Vermiculite ceilings

Thanks - unfortunately the whole ground floor of the house has these ceilings. I'm not sure I want the expense of changing the whole ground…

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bpratt
Sep 02, 2014 10:39 am
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Saint Mike
Sep 02, 2014 7:47 am
Saint Mike
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 September 2014

Help with timber framing lintel

Help with timber framing lintel

Photobucket is better unless there is some way that you can edit the photos on imageshack . The only way I can see them as a full sized image is if I download them first…

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Stewie D
Sep 01, 2014 10:30 pm
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oldjonesy
Sep 01, 2014 9:50 pm
kats_meow
kats_meow
1 September 2014

Initial quotes wanted for Home Extension in Wheelers Hill

Initial quotes wanted for Home Extension in Wheelers Hill

Sonny, you might want to ask people to send you a PM rather than giving your MIL's phone number out to the world. Then you can work out genuine replies and get in contact…

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kats_meow
Sep 01, 2014 8:37 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 August 2014

Party wall - legal requirements

Party wall - legal requirements

Your builder is pretty much right. The double brick cavity wall needs to be there for fire separation despite the fact when you extend up there is no adjoining dwelling on…

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Stewie D
Aug 31, 2014 11:31 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
29 August 2014

What colour would you paint this house?

What colour would you paint this house?

What about Flooded Gum (leans slightly to brown)? or Milton Moon? (lighter grey). Also consider the direction your house faces as the lighter colours will "bleach" in a…

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Treeseachanger
Aug 29, 2014 3:49 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 August 2014

Re: A Guide to Measuring Workmanship

Re: A Guide to Measuring Workmanship

To produce work of a superior flawless finish. A flawless finish would be Level 5 but unfortunately qebtel, most project builders seem to…

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Stewie D
Aug 27, 2014 2:42 pm
musicmum
musicmum
26 August 2014

Contracts...what can you reasonably put in?

Contracts...what can you reasonably put in?

I could go the blue smarties... I have drafted the things I want into a contract...we'll see what the builder says.

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musicmum
Aug 26, 2014 6:38 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
26 August 2014

In floor power/data points

In floor power/data points
1, 2

Sorry but if you have 10 devices streaming HD content over a single wireless network it's not going to…

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dragonchild
Aug 26, 2014 12:10 pm
dragonchild
archdad
archdad
26 August 2014

Bamboo floor Installer company in Melbourne

Bamboo floor Installer company in Melbourne

Can you please recommend someone you used already? I'm in the Northern suburbs, thanks archerwinsak.blogspot.com.au

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archdad
Aug 26, 2014 9:39 am
padoo
padoo
25 August 2014

Floor heating in existing rooms

Floor heating in existing rooms

Hi We have just moved in to our newly renovated house and I am kicking myself that I did not put under tile heating in the tiled rooms (Bathroom in particular). There is…

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padoo
Aug 25, 2014 11:24 am
d@n
d@n
23 August 2014

Need help with floor plan

Need help with floor plan

It's an odd layout with bed 1 and 2 via a family room. Do you have enough budget to enclose the verandah?

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d@n
Aug 23, 2014 1:13 pm
JB1
JB1
19 August 2014

Tiling

Tiling

Should be OK if the paint is sound. Flaking or not easily peeled paint- no. Test with masking tape

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JB1
Aug 20, 2014 12:03 am
Tiiri
Tiiri
19 August 2014

Replacing external walls - Colorbond Sheeting

Replacing external walls - Colorbond Sheeting

Looking for anyone who has previously erected or replaced external walls with colorbond sheeting. Without getting too detailed on the first date, basically we bought a…

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Tiiri
Aug 19, 2014 2:43 am
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
17 August 2014

Retaining Wall - Fall protection

Retaining Wall - Fall protection

i.e. Unless you've got a formal delineated path running alongside the top of the retaining wall, then you're good without a balustrade.

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Bluesuede
Aug 17, 2014 12:59 pm
Bluesuede
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
15 August 2014

Adding a loft extension in WA

Adding a loft extension in WA

Hi ByTheSeaSide How old is your House and do you have the Drawings/Structurals, is the roof frame structure Timber or Lightsteel Trusses? In new houses generally internal…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 15, 2014 4:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
CC101
CC101
14 August 2014

Retaining walls

Retaining walls

I am in wa - looking for retaining wall options.

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CC101
Aug 14, 2014 10:40 pm
DLO33
DLO33
14 August 2014

Installing skirting boards without bottom pulling in

Installing skirting boards without bottom pulling in

Thanks to all that replied. We went with the clout method and it works beautifully. Just a bit of background; We put the gyprock 10mm off the ground as it's an existing…

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DLO33
Aug 14, 2014 9:55 pm
AJW
AJW
14 August 2014

A Guide to Renovating a Bathroom or Ensuite

A Guide to Renovating a Bathroom or Ensuite

Good guide, but maybe in the demolition section you should add a paragraph talking about the dangers of asbestos, which is quite common in bathrooms of older houses. In…

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AJW
Aug 14, 2014 6:32 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
14 August 2014

Bearers and joist for decking extension and studio room

Bearers and joist for decking extension and studio room

My draftsman kept repeating the phrase- You can always overbuild So going larger beam and section sizes is a good thing if money/ budget permits

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wobbly1
Aug 14, 2014 6:53 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 August 2014

Mystery holes in GIB/Drywall

Mystery holes in GIB/Drywall

Looks like the wall has been patched with something oil based ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 12, 2014 5:47 pm
travelbug
travelbug
10 August 2014

How do you know

How do you know

Look at similar houses with a reno and without a reno and find the difference in price. Then work out how much it will cost you to get yours to the reno'd house level. If…

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travelbug
Aug 10, 2014 2:21 pm

Rack201 - click on the "links to to share this photo" then click on the IMG code which will turn yellow and say "copied". Then just paste that code into your post…

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Stewie D
Aug 10, 2014 9:53 am
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
7 August 2014

Rendering between garages

Rendering between garages

If the neighbours garage is already built then no you won't be able to render the garage wall. If your neighbour has not yet started building their garage you can render…

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Burnsfirsttime
Aug 07, 2014 10:49 am
Burnsfirsttime
mgilla
mgilla
3 August 2014

Will an architect save $ on a large renovation?

Will an architect save $ on a large renovation?

You may consider looking for a builder who as in house design and drafting, that way there is never a blame game between builder and architect. Most Architects are very…

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mgilla
Aug 03, 2014 6:42 pm


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