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Mrsperfect
Mrsperfect
25 March 2013

Purchasing Materials: Builder or Homeowner

Purchasing Materials: Builder or Homeowner

Any discounts received by builders for purchasing materials NEVER get passed on to the customer! (Dennis said it!) If you think about it, why should it? They have the…

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Mrsperfect
Mar 25, 2013 11:52 am
p4ulberm
p4ulberm
25 March 2013

Cost of plans?

Cost of plans?

Hi Rebecca, The costs to get your plans drawn up could vary a fair bit depending on whether you are looking for an architect to design your extension or already know what…

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p4ulberm
Mar 25, 2013 10:31 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
27 March 2013

Fixing Wooden Bearers to Steel Posts

Fixing Wooden Bearers to Steel Posts

Personally I would bolt the bearers through the steel posts, but as you say you dont have a lot of timber to work with on the bearer joins so I would weld a 50mm x 6 mm…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 27, 2013 12:37 pm
joles
joles
27 March 2013

Replacing tiles with Colourbond roof DIY

Replacing tiles with Colourbond roof DIY

No help with replacing the roof, but don't just dump the roof tiles no matter how ugly they are. If they are terracotta you'll be able to sell them. People are always…

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joles
Mar 27, 2013 12:48 pm
joles
random111
random111
31 March 2013

Help with renovation / extension Ideas on a potential buy

Help with renovation / extension Ideas on a potential buy

Lots of potential in that one. Interior is screaming out for an update. I like your plan but would be more inclined to extend at the front rather…

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random111
Mar 31, 2013 8:25 pm
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
2 April 2013

Architects Fees

Architects Fees

An architect will typically charge fees based on a percentage of the project cost. The brief should include the various stage of design through to working drawings. You…

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Bluesuede
Apr 02, 2013 7:28 pm
Bluesuede
Bella
Bella
5 April 2013

Power Point Installation

Power Point Installation

I measured ours. It was 22cm from the cooktop against the wall but if you measure from the burner to the outlet it was 30cm.

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Bella
Apr 05, 2013 9:49 pm
Bella
jayjay_bne
jayjay_bne
8 April 2013

excavating near house built to boundary

excavating near house built to boundary

Engineer says I can as they do it for high rises all the time but costs more. They will need to underpin the other houses foundations. Builder is just a builder and was…

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jayjay_bne
Apr 08, 2013 8:30 pm
Bax
Bax
9 April 2013

Tilt a Door costs

Tilt a Door costs

Yeah, our excess is 1000. If the cost of a door supplied was a similar cost I would have went straight up with the door. But I spoke to insurance yesterday and they're…

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Bax
Apr 09, 2013 10:05 am
piscean
piscean
11 April 2013

Reno Ideas 1980's Brick?

Reno Ideas 1980's Brick?

I'd start by plastering the walls, painted brick won't look right and will collect dust and then I'd reassess the ceiling. I think once those walls are lightened up the…

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piscean
Apr 11, 2013 2:24 pm
Rusty Cheese
Rusty Cheese
15 April 2013

Removing textured render from internal walls

Removing textured render from internal walls

Ive seen stuff like this on TV when they are stripping fancy cornices/mouldings etc in the old mansions in the UK and while it looks great I…

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Rusty Cheese
Apr 15, 2013 1:27 pm
Rusty Cheese
Ripsnorta
Ripsnorta
15 April 2013

Potential renovation - need advice

Potential renovation - need advice

Looking at the overhead and street view it appears that room is built right along the boundary. I don't know adelaide that well, but the location…

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Ripsnorta
Apr 15, 2013 6:28 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
16 April 2013

Garage ceiling framing

Garage ceiling framing

Do you think it would've been easier with the furring channel? Far easier and cheaper. But like all suggestions here the final choice is yours

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 16, 2013 8:47 am
Bella
Bella
16 April 2013

Building boundary next to weatherboard house

Building boundary next to weatherboard house

Thanks for the heads up Arfur. Do you have any suggestions about how to prevent the moisture build up?

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Bella
Apr 16, 2013 10:13 am
Bella
ChelseaCor
ChelseaCor
16 April 2013

Second Story Deck

Second Story Deck

Great thanks 33amc, I'll keep you in mind!

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ChelseaCor
Apr 16, 2013 11:27 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
17 April 2013

Discoloration on old cream bricks - cause? treatment?

Discoloration on old cream bricks - cause? treatment?

Ideally I would like to leave them bare Good idea. You may even find the marks bleeding through if you paint the wall, but rather than…

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Uncle Arfur
Apr 17, 2013 8:26 am
leni
leni
19 April 2013

Reno-Kardinya-Worried about over-capitalisingButNeedChange

Reno-Kardinya-Worried about over-capitalisingButNeedChange

I'd start by looking at open houses in the area, to see what renovations others have done and how much value they are adding to the home. That will give you an idea of…

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leni
Apr 19, 2013 1:31 am
leni
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fmac
Apr 26, 2013 1:25 am
Homefinder
Homefinder
26 April 2013

Cost to change the kitchen sink

Cost to change the kitchen sink

Hi I am thinking to change the kitchen sink. Builder is putting too small an d chargering heapes to upgrade as usual. Can any one estimate the labour to change to big one…

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Homefinder
Apr 26, 2013 7:29 pm
Homefinder
sirgoat
sirgoat
28 April 2013

Order of jobs

Order of jobs

I have found my trades prefer to get the house to themselves, they will work with each other if i am doing say a kitchen & bathroom but if its only a bathroom they won't…

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sirgoat
Apr 28, 2013 10:46 am

Question for installing 600x600 large tiles

Question for installing 600x600 large tiles
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[Your telling me he screaded 80sqm? Your slab must be shocking. :shock: I dont understand. So your telling me every tiler who lays 600x600 tiles…

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CuttingEdgeKitchens
May 02, 2013 8:16 am
CuttingEdgeKitchens
33amc
33amc
3 May 2013

Costs of an extension

Costs of an extension

Yes, there are many variables, It could also suggest the house is in QLD where it was common to have an elevated house for extra space under and to catch the…

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33amc
May 03, 2013 11:43 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
7 May 2013

Kitchen and Ducted Air - Relocate to another house

Kitchen and Ducted Air - Relocate to another house

Do you think it is practical/cost effective to remove and then reinstall the ducted airconditioner The unit yes. The ducting, which you…

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Uncle Arfur
May 07, 2013 10:27 am
Liliana
Liliana
8 May 2013

Choice guide to renovating your home

Choice guide to renovating your home

Choice magazine have a free renovation guide to download on their website which may be useful to a few people out there. Link is here

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Liliana
May 08, 2013 4:21 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 May 2013

Render Textures and materials

Render Textures and materials

There are different acrylic renders that you could use but if your bricks have the joins raked out then you should probably use something more substantial to fill them…

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Stewie D
May 12, 2013 1:54 pm
HouseOB
HouseOB
14 May 2013

Which tradie to remove bricks?

Which tradie to remove bricks?

Yeah that is a bit of a concern, particularly with the chimney. A few bricks at a time I guess?

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HouseOB
May 14, 2013 10:31 am
HouseOB
HouseOB
14 May 2013

How do I proceed from here? (Extension)

How do I proceed from here? (Extension)

Thanks, I'm going to draw up some better plans and get some more detail in there so builders can quote for me. See what happens from there!

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HouseOB
May 14, 2013 10:36 am
travelbug
travelbug
19 May 2013

Recommended builders in Hills District

Recommended builders in Hills District

I wouldn't be ripping any walls out without first checking with a qualified builder to see if they are load bearing. The one from the garage to outside will most likely be…

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travelbug
May 19, 2013 7:28 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
21 May 2013

Window Sills & Window Surrounds on Aluminium Windows

Window Sills & Window Surrounds on Aluminium Windows

As mine are brick veneer I wont confuse the issue, but why not ask ed@ecoclassic our resident window specialist in the Windows and Door section -- where your question…

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Uncle Arfur
May 21, 2013 8:40 am

What is reasonable. Renocracking and mistakes

What is reasonable. Renocracking and mistakes

To be fair they did build it to fit 60cm but forgot to allow for the skirting(is that what it is called) that goes up the side of the wall as…

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CuttingEdgeKitchens
May 21, 2013 1:37 pm
CuttingEdgeKitchens
Enjay
Enjay
23 May 2013

Renovation/Extension in Geelong

Renovation/Extension in Geelong

Iain - thanks for taking the time to reply and for the handy link. Will keep your firm in mind.

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Enjay
May 23, 2013 1:41 am
HouseOB
HouseOB
23 May 2013

How strong is render?

How strong is render?

Do you mean the poly underneath…

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HouseOB
May 23, 2013 12:11 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 May 2013

Moving retaining wall

Moving retaining wall

Perhaps best to talk to the neighbor then. And also run it past a structural engineer. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 24, 2013 9:59 pm
Twistop
Twistop
28 May 2013

Extending small bathroom to boundary

Extending small bathroom to boundary

I have prepared plans for houses right on the boundary, but simply the walls have to fire proof and no windows on it. It doesn't have to be double brick, there are other methods.

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Twistop
May 28, 2013 8:59 pm
Peter Pan
Peter Pan
31 May 2013

Renting while renovating your new house

Renting while renovating your new house

Thanks for the info. Will look into insurance asap. Will also try to get at least 2 rooms liveable asap to cut on rental cost while renovating. Cheers Peter

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Peter Pan
May 31, 2013 12:56 pm

Built in Robes - Cost Estimate and Recommendations

Built in Robes - Cost Estimate and Recommendations

Awesome! Final question; can anyone recommend an installer in Melbourne (Northern Suburbs)? CuttingEdgeKitchens, I see you're in Sydney, so probably…

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CuttingEdgeKitchens
Jun 03, 2013 5:32 pm
CuttingEdgeKitchens
Cholaso-11
Cholaso-11
4 June 2013

Suspended Slab Insulation HELP!

Suspended Slab Insulation HELP!

thanks for this guys i will look into it. I did think about the sacrificial formwork with insulation and then bondeck but termite risk is real. House across the street was…

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Cholaso-11
Jun 04, 2013 10:45 am
Architect3121
Architect3121
4 June 2013

Advice needed for Plans for Home Reno

Advice needed for Plans for Home Reno

Hi, I will have a look at this and see what i can loosely come up with. I will say however, do not get rid of the front verandah by turning it into a Ensuite. I can…

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Architect3121
Jun 05, 2013 12:14 am
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
5 June 2013

Facade redesign on a newly built home

Facade redesign on a newly built home

definitely box in the posts and clad in stone... nice. dont like the colour of the bricks, so maybe even render the front too? good luck let us all know how you go

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mynameisjonas
Jun 05, 2013 11:25 pm
robbie55
robbie55
6 June 2013

Advice Please - Cracked/Peeling Ceiling

Advice Please - Cracked/Peeling Ceiling

I had it happen in old horse hair plaster ceiling. We were told that it was because of condensation but I never really found out the cause. My rough and ready solution was…

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robbie55
Jun 06, 2013 1:37 pm
robbie55
chippingaway
chippingaway
6 June 2013

Advice on order to complete jobs to finish bedroom

Advice on order to complete jobs to finish bedroom

Hello I'm hoping for some advice on how to proceed with getting our bedroom ( and rest of 1920/1930's house) completed. We have so many little repair jobs that all seem…

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chippingaway
Jun 06, 2013 3:33 pm
sceen7
sceen7
6 June 2013

The 60 thousand dollar step

The 60 thousand dollar step
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I would if there was any money in it.... might then have half a chance at finishing the…

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sceen7
Jun 06, 2013 8:56 pm
cherub
cherub
13 June 2013

Building a deck - question!

Building a deck - question!

Need to get the footings certified for that purpose

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cherub
Jun 13, 2013 1:11 pm
blackduck30
blackduck30
13 June 2013

Carport timber help

Carport timber help

It will only be a sheet roof. Thanks again guys

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blackduck30
Jun 13, 2013 7:35 pm
PTG
PTG
15 June 2013

Help identifying pressed metal panels

Help identifying pressed metal panels

I've just joined the forum. If anyone has any pressed metal queries then I'll do my best to answer them.

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PTG
Jun 15, 2013 5:04 pm
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