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girlfriday
girlfriday
23 July 2014

House Painter recommendations for Manly Area, Sydney

House Painter recommendations for Manly Area, Sydney

hi there yes, I have used them in the past for other jobs at my previous unit with less than stellar results/satisfaction with the finished result so thought to throw it…

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girlfriday
Jul 23, 2014 4:34 pm
CH2012
CH2012
21 July 2014

Help with Qlder Raise in Brisbane - Newbie

Help with Qlder Raise in Brisbane - Newbie

Not sure about all the figures, but we are doing ours in stages. Had the plans done and certified for the raise and build underneath right at the outset. Raise &…

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CH2012
Jul 21, 2014 5:45 pm
suti1
suti1
21 July 2014

NSW Building Licencing

NSW Building Licencing

In NSW - anything over $1000 requires a contract and therefore requires the name of the builder/company on the contract, but the insurance requirement is above 20k.

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suti1
Jul 21, 2014 1:35 pm
constructor1234
constructor1234
21 July 2014

the good the bad and the downright ugly

the good the bad and the downright ugly

I have had dealings with the bcra and to be honest it is full of a lot of damaged souls. They really do have their heart in the right place but quickly spin off into crack…

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constructor1234
Jul 21, 2014 1:27 pm
Bella
Bella
20 July 2014

Building upstairs - but inwards

Building upstairs - but inwards

We had to step our top level inwards due to overlooking issues. Can't see why that would cost less. We also canterlevered the back out over the backyard to give extra room…

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Bella
Jul 20, 2014 10:42 pm
Bella
Bella
Bella
20 July 2014

Removing Old Brick Fireplace

Removing Old Brick Fireplace

We took ours down. Started on the roof and removed it brick by brick then patched up the roof and replastered the walls.

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Bella
Jul 20, 2014 10:40 pm
Bella
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
20 July 2014

Shower Base, whos responsible

Shower Base, whos responsible

If you employed a builder for the job and he contracted the various trades then regardless of the source of the issue it is the builder you should be contacting to arrange…

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Bluesuede
Jul 20, 2014 10:50 am
Bluesuede
nectar
nectar
18 July 2014

Quality Reliable energy efficent LED lights

Quality Reliable energy efficent LED lights

Good to know, thanks :) We installed a strip of them in a glass brick feature. It was beautiful until the lights yellowed and then clusters of 3/4 globes went...no way of…

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nectar
Jul 18, 2014 8:07 pm
Agent_009
Agent_009
16 July 2014

Changing Roof Tiles (colour)

Changing Roof Tiles (colour)

I've got two quotes so far. One $4800 and the other $4500. Both said they can offer a bit cheaper if I pay cash (which I will be). If I can get under $4000 it sounds like…

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Agent_009
Jul 16, 2014 4:43 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 July 2014

renovators

renovators

I would like to do some extension to my house and i was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations, I live in…

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Stewie D
Jul 14, 2014 2:03 pm
Noobonthedeck
Noobonthedeck
12 July 2014

Renovation steps & resources

Renovation steps & resources

Thanks all for your responses. I'll have to think about what we want before I get into any sort of architects/draftsmen engaged.

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Noobonthedeck
Jul 12, 2014 8:31 pm
redb
redb
12 July 2014

Load bearing wall

Load bearing wall

Gotcha. So I'll remove the plasterboard from the entire wall and run new bracing top to bottom on both sides of my new opening. Thanks heaps

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redb
Jul 12, 2014 2:55 pm
Spong
Spong
9 July 2014

Asbestos

Asbestos

Yeah look, i agree with the tradies/ builders views on it. I reckon we get complacent because we are regularly exposed (well we see it more). i just think Joe public…

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Spong
Jul 09, 2014 10:24 pm

This is the code you need to copy for us to see in this forum directly... not the html or other "IMG Code for Forums & Message…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2014 11:44 am
juju
juju
3 July 2014

Tiling Sunken lounge what to do around bottom of walls?

Tiling Sunken lounge what to do around bottom of walls?

its 30 cm's not mm sorry for the mixup.... I am thinking I wont tile up the wall but instead extend the plaster board wall down to meet the floor might look better in the long run

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juju
Jul 03, 2014 5:38 pm
juju
bpratt
bpratt
3 July 2014

Recolouring PanelLift Garage Door

Recolouring PanelLift Garage Door

If your garage door faces north, you might like to consider whilst working on the door, a after market insulation material to insulate the door. It should make a…

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bpratt
Jul 03, 2014 9:53 am
LegendLength
LegendLength
2 July 2014

Acrylic instead of glass for conservatory roof

Acrylic instead of glass for conservatory roof

Thanks steve do you know any details like minimum thickness or other legal requirements?

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LegendLength
Jul 02, 2014 11:10 pm
gcm2014
gcm2014
1 July 2014

Flooring options to compliment existing slate

Flooring options to compliment existing slate

We are renovating a house with existing dark grey/almost black slate with a slight red slash through it. We have removed the carpet from the living/dining area and need…

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gcm2014
Jul 01, 2014 10:16 pm
bpratt
bpratt
30 June 2014

Builder’s Margin/Organising Trades Ourself?

Builder’s Margin/Organising Trades Ourself?

+1 to what Steve said. I'm OB and have found that getting referrals is the best way. I did go down the way of these service seeking and other similar sites, and all I…

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bpratt
Jun 30, 2014 10:08 am
SteveD
SteveD
30 June 2014

Help with roof design

Help with roof design

I work with roof designs all day, every day. I am very impressed stewie, well done...

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SteveD
Jun 30, 2014 7:31 am
mgilla
mgilla
29 June 2014

Cutting a joist

Cutting a joist

if your only cutting out a single joist you are only spanning 850mm with the intermediate joist you put in. make sure you have good fixing with the new intermediate and…

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mgilla
Jun 29, 2014 12:58 pm
F2014
F2014
25 June 2014

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain Tiles

Thanks everyone for the replies. This is a quote from the company that does tiling for the builder so I guess they are charging a lot. I will be asking them the…

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F2014
Jun 25, 2014 1:06 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
24 June 2014

Subfloor joist blocking and sistering

Subfloor joist blocking and sistering

this is what I'm thinking for the partition wall, as they'll be two different floors either side. Looks fine to me. Refer to Stewie's…

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Beetaloo
Jun 24, 2014 3:49 pm
Beetaloo
EmmaM
EmmaM
23 June 2014

Master Bedroom Size - small width

Master Bedroom Size - small width

Hi Everybody!! We are planning a reno/extension and have some concerns about the width of the master bedroom size and would love some feedback. The new master bedroom is…

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EmmaM
Jun 23, 2014 2:02 pm
sliick
sliick
23 June 2014

What is this called?

What is this called?

Looks like a laser cut metal screen Here is a link to a supplier - http://www.urbandesignsystems.com.au/la ...…

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sliick
Jun 23, 2014 9:38 am
sliick
dave2014
dave2014
22 June 2014

Melbourne Builder recommendations for second story extension

Melbourne Builder recommendations for second story extension

Hi, I’m planning for an extension of my house in the eastern suburb of Melbourne. The house is tenanted by a family. I’m planning to add a self-contained extension in…

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dave2014
Jun 22, 2014 3:57 pm

Sorry if this is in the wrong spot, I'm new to forums. Anyways at our house we have had a pergola constructed and we have put trees into a planter box to block the…

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Deanbates
Jun 22, 2014 3:27 pm
MissLotus
MissLotus
21 June 2014

Looking for a builder

Looking for a builder

Thanks for the great advice :) I am from Melbourne. Will update my profile, once I figure out how to

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MissLotus
Jun 22, 2014 12:00 am
B STAR
B STAR
20 June 2014

Reception with metal/colorbond roof

Reception with metal/colorbond roof

Actually we have our TV aerial inside our roof space at the moment, and when it rains I can't get half of the channels, so I guess our absorbant…

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B STAR
Jun 20, 2014 10:02 pm
MissLotus
MissLotus
20 June 2014

Building a second level

Building a second level

We are in the same process now. What I have learnt so far is to go the with a big building companies that has everything in one that will be able to give you a ball park…

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MissLotus
Jun 20, 2014 4:49 pm
qebtel
qebtel
18 June 2014

Do I need permission PIC to replace old sewer pipes and add

Do I need permission PIC to replace old sewer pipes and add

As you said, new work requires a permit. If the sewer pipe is your responsibility (usually that portion that extends beyond the sewer mains stub), then replacing…

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qebtel
Jun 18, 2014 11:24 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 June 2014

Walk in Pantry

Walk in Pantry

Then I'd be tempted to keep it all the same ( brick ) even though timber stud/plasterboard would probably be cheaper and easier. The slab should be able to take any…

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Stewie D
Jun 17, 2014 10:12 pm
zobardi
zobardi
11 June 2014

Another floor - Suspended Concrete Slab

Another floor - Suspended Concrete Slab

Thanks Beetaloo. I did wonder if the thinness of the slab might create issues with sound. Stewie, Of course I need a structural engineer to design the slab - but as…

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zobardi
Jun 11, 2014 12:15 pm
carocaro
carocaro
10 June 2014

Outlets, discount warehouses and value stores in Melbourne

Outlets, discount warehouses and value stores in Melbourne

Here is my list so far of places to get good quality renovation stuff for less: For plumbing products: Gottliebs in Dandenong rd Reece plumbing outlet in footscray E&s…

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carocaro
Jun 10, 2014 7:12 pm
BoutiqueLawyers
BoutiqueLawyers
10 June 2014

Variations and extension of time for building (renovation)

Variations and extension of time for building (renovation)

Hi Kats, This is a typical issue with building, delays! I can help you out..usually an extension of time to be granted to the builder must be granted by the owner and…

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BoutiqueLawyers
Jun 10, 2014 4:34 pm
BoutiqueLawyers
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 June 2014

Constructive Construction Suggestions Pls

Constructive Construction Suggestions Pls

See my comment here regarding copyright... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=71444 You are better off engaging a draftee or building designer yourself then hawking it around…

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Stewie D
Jun 06, 2014 8:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 June 2014

Wainscote or Dado panels used on House Rules???

Wainscote or Dado panels used on House Rules???

For that look there which just looks like normal pine 150 x 10mm VJ board , I'd be pricing just the pine. I clad dining room walls up to 2100 to line up with the doors…

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Stewie D
Jun 05, 2014 5:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 June 2014

polished concrete yes or no?!

polished concrete yes or no?!

Click on this link that is on the bottom of screen7s post above... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=49135 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jun 04, 2014 11:49 pm
brissyguy
brissyguy
4 June 2014

Changing a wall - what contractor types needed?

Changing a wall - what contractor types needed?

Great advice, thank you. We were able to get the builder to do it for us in the end, which we really appreciated. Turns out they were going to hide an a/c duct in part…

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brissyguy
Jun 04, 2014 6:17 pm
davenedy
davenedy
4 June 2014

NSW Fair trading contract vs HIA NSW Residential contract

NSW Fair trading contract vs HIA NSW Residential contract

There was a very good information on building contracts in one of the "Success Packs" purchased through membership of bildn.com.au. I believe it was in the Construction…

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davenedy
Jun 04, 2014 4:39 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 June 2014

Extension using recycled/ salvage materials Brisbane

Extension using recycled/ salvage materials Brisbane

Been there , done that for a couple of my clients years ago for a renovation. A lot of the things they got cheaply ended up being more expensive by the time we customised…

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Stewie D
Jun 04, 2014 12:17 pm
Ajs12345
Ajs12345
31 May 2014

ornate windows

ornate windows

Thank you stewie, I just had no idea what they would be called. It is window headers that I'm after http://finishingtouchmouldings.com.au/w ... aders.html These ones…

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Ajs12345
May 31, 2014 1:23 pm
brylz
brylz
27 May 2014

Corner block- council regulations on front set-back

Corner block- council regulations on front set-back

Thank you for your responses Stewie and qebtel. I will look into a town planner and see what the next step will be as I don't want to change all our plans if it is just an…

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brylz
May 27, 2014 6:24 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 May 2014

Wall framing / Studwork

Wall framing / Studwork

Back-Blocking of Butt Joints on Walls • Sheet ends should be neatly cut and butted together within 50mm of the centre line between the studs. • Nail strips of …

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Beetaloo
May 27, 2014 2:16 pm
Beetaloo
Stewie D
Stewie D
23 May 2014

Bathroom Screed/falls - help!

Bathroom Screed/falls - help!

That is pretty much a standard bathroom situation where the floor waste is not in the centre of the room nor is the shower waste in the centre of the shower area. Because…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2014 9:30 am

Opportunity! Estimating, awkward plan - Advice?

Opportunity! Estimating, awkward plan - Advice?

Yes, depends how many bedrooms you would like to end up with. I like Tjilpil's idea of making the front living/dining into master bed/ensuite. You could then go as far as…

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How Hard Can it Be
May 22, 2014 3:08 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 May 2014

Melbourne Reno - Help!

Melbourne Reno - Help!

Showing where North is and also a site plan would help. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 16, 2014 2:08 pm


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