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Atomix
Atomix
28 January 2015

Rob's big renovation

Rob's big renovation
1, 2, 3

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 4:43 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 9:59 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 10:02 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 9:17 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 9:58 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 3:06 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 14, 2015 11:18 pm
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 8:27 pm
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WJones
Jan 13, 2015 2:46 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 8:18 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 7:20 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 7:28 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 9:24 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 8:40 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 7:03 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 3:58 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 12:21 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 12:42 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 1:19 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 9:40 am

Will it be cheaper to keep the original structure and design but putting a stone benchtop and changing the cabinet doors, also to put…

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dragonchild
Dec 21, 2014 9:27 pm
dragonchild

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 2:24 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 8:57 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 7:34 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 1:54 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 4:44 pm
insider
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 4:48 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 7:51 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 4:15 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 2:39 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 2:26 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 2:28 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 24, 2014 11:47 pm
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 8:50 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 2:01 pm
13Jack
13Jack
20 November 2014

carpet steam cleaning recommendations!

carpet steam cleaning recommendations!

xDicqaV-k9Q Need Carpet Cleaning Sydney? We offer a wide range of Carpet Steam Cleaning Services in Sydney. Call 0410 453 896 for…

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13Jack
Nov 20, 2014 12:09 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 2:03 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 1:50 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 5:19 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 5:31 pm
karmaz

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trent79
Nov 12, 2014 8:51 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 7:32 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 5:05 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 8:53 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 5:00 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 10:35 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 9:15 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 9:11 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 11:04 am
jenathome


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