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justenr
justenr
7 January

After builders clean - Sydney

After builders clean - Sydney

Can anyone recommend a company? Thanks

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justenr
Jan 07, 2019 5:15 pm
bashworth
bashworth
24 December 2018

Opening up roof and sarking for wiring: common practice?

Opening up roof and sarking for wiring: common practice?

Going through the roof is pretty common. For running cables down outside walls it's often the only way it can be done as there isn't enough height to get to the top of…

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bashworth
Dec 24, 2018 5:25 pm
bashworth
meminiau
meminiau
22 December 2018

Question regarding screwing down deck

Question regarding screwing down deck

Hey everyone I've almost finished my deck!!! I have a quick question though.... I'm using 200mm by 50mm by 2.4 metre sleepers for the deck instead or traditional…

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meminiau
Dec 22, 2018 5:08 pm

Want to change your bathroom look ,get new…

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travelbug
Dec 08, 2018 9:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 November 2018

Load bearing - yes or no

Load bearing - yes or no

troy1888 A correct photo taken with the insulation removed over an internal wall would tell you they are trusses? Unfortunately, a builder can't advise you on the Truss…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 30, 2018 9:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
ksihra
ksihra
21 November 2018

Adding alfresco to existing house

Adding alfresco to existing house

I have a similare situation.How did you go with your Alfressco ?

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ksihra
Nov 21, 2018 11:48 am
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myhouseph
Oct 25, 2018 12:57 pm
meminiau
meminiau
11 October 2018

Pool earthing rod missing

Pool earthing rod missing

Hi all We had a new pool put in a few months ago. I'm on the process of landscaping around it and I've found a wire coming from the concrete pool that I reckon is the…

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meminiau
Oct 11, 2018 3:34 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
20 April 2018

Builder not providing certificates to certifier for OC

Builder not providing certificates to certifier for OC

Meridian... Thanks for the update, imo, That makes things worse If he's a one man operator and he doesn't do things himself, Then he has to rely on others.. Problems…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 10:36 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
5 April 2018

Joining timber frame extension to brick veneer house

Joining timber frame extension to brick veneer house

BTW..You need to provide better Drawings and Details otherwise I'll only be guessing even a hand sketch will do...LOL I don't rate/score artistic…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 05, 2018 9:30 am
StructuralBIMGuy
BespokeHB
BespokeHB
6 December 2017

new construction versus existing dwelling

new construction versus existing dwelling

Hi Chica, like BespokeHB said, try to follow this up with a contractor or your estate advisor to gather the factors needed to make the most efficient decision regarding…

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BespokeHB
Dec 06, 2017 11:14 am
BespokeHB
arcadelt
arcadelt
3 December 2017

can you insulate the exterior of a double brick wall???

can you insulate the exterior of a double brick wall???

The difficulties of living in the city with surrounding buildings - pity. Seems insulating would be best all round then. Best of luck with it.

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arcadelt
Dec 03, 2017 7:41 am
DamNita
DamNita
3 November 2017

Our home renovation with a Caesarstone twist!

Our home renovation with a Caesarstone twist!
1, 2, 3

...oh and I too have the Siemens Fully Integrated and love the timer / light feature. Very cool.

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DamNita
Nov 03, 2017 3:54 pm
DamNita
6banga
6banga
1 November 2017

Display home Built in Study Desks

Display home Built in Study Desks

Yeh I have thought about using a draw on at least one side would support the weight better and then I could just use my ledger board to support the free standing end. If I…

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6banga
Nov 01, 2017 8:42 pm
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Recessing fridge wall

Recessing fridge wall

It doesn't look like a load bearing wall, but you best wait until the roof is on before cutting anything. What you described is good enough, I'd just use 1 sheet of…

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 5:29 pm
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
27 October 2017

Storey Extension

Storey Extension

I'm a carpenter there are good reasons not to go up, 1) probably cost around 25% more than anything you can build at ground level if not more depending on the engineering…

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Carpentacular
Oct 27, 2017 10:24 am
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
26 October 2017

Building a new deck over concrete cancer

Building a new deck over concrete cancer

:Do I need council approval to demolish concrete veranda to put new timber decking" No if it's the same size in appearance, 40sqm will need approval. "Rather have the whole…

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Carpentacular
Oct 26, 2017 10:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
17 October 2017

Advice about Northern Beaches Sydney builders

Advice about Northern Beaches Sydney builders

Kevin welcome to the forum The internet is pretty much controlled by google and this in a nutshell is how…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 17, 2017 12:16 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
arcadelt
arcadelt
14 July 2017

Legal Question - Can I rescind/reverse a D.A modification?

Legal Question - Can I rescind/reverse a D.A modification?

You didnt get the Occ. Cert, so the condition of the Change of Use was not met. Since it wasnt approved, the classification is still Utility room I would think. What…

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arcadelt
Jul 14, 2017 1:32 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
24 May 2017

Architect Cost What is Reasonable?

Architect Cost What is Reasonable?
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@vinothkumar It doesn't matter how much Architecture costs wherever it comes from.. you can give it away for free if you wish? but If the engineering and construction is…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 24, 2017 10:22 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi Everyone, I am currently doing an owner build and stuck on what I should be doing under the decking of our alfresco. Should I be laying Scyon sheeting, battens and…

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Turnerbuild
May 11, 2017 7:23 am
arcadelt
arcadelt
10 May 2017

Tiling in herringbone style

Tiling in herringbone style

It's a very fiddly pattern, because every edge tile needs to be cut, which is not always the case with brick or stack pattern. Unfortunately, if that is what your tiler…

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arcadelt
May 10, 2017 11:39 am
qebtel
qebtel
28 February 2017

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard is impact & water resistant. Drill it and you'll find out. Tile underlay is not water resistant, you cannot use it to sheet a wall in a wet area, but you…

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qebtel
Feb 28, 2017 2:32 pm
buildX
buildX
24 February 2017

How to save money on renovations

How to save money on renovations

One great way to save even for future home improvements is by maintaining your electrical wires working at its best state. Because keeping them in good condition could…

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buildX
Feb 24, 2017 1:51 pm
buildX
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
21 February 2017

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Hi Loadchaos Your existing footings will need to conform with current Codes & Aust Standards eg. AS2870 residential footings, etc I suggest you sort ot you Plans &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2017 6:04 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
DU86
DU86
9 February 2017

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

i can give more details... what do you want to know... there is a sloping roof over the back part of house please see floorplans attached

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DU86
Feb 09, 2017 3:10 pm
D101
D101
3 February 2017

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

We are looking to extend our house and are having to choose between going to a major builder and getting them to do everything vs going to our own architect, getting them…

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D101
Feb 03, 2017 7:59 pm
Peterpan1992
Peterpan1992
31 January 2017

Wooden boardwalk

Wooden boardwalk

Hey guys I'm building a wooden boardwalk at the front of my house. This is my first attempt at Diy. I need opinions on what way I should have it going. How do I post…

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Peterpan1992
Jan 31, 2017 11:02 am
cathierabbit
cathierabbit
29 January 2017

Before & Afters -80's Red Brick Beachhouse Budget Reno

Before & Afters -80's Red Brick Beachhouse Budget Reno

Just sharing some before & afters of my reno. (Put this in the Interior Decoration forum first before I found this one - seems more appropriate). Did most of the work…

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cathierabbit
Jan 29, 2017 7:53 pm
CameronRobertson
CameronRobertson
26 January 2017

External Decorative Fixed Blade Shutters

External Decorative Fixed Blade Shutters

IT's actually pretty hard to match old stuff on your house - tile, brick, and pretty much all the other materials, if you hadn't kept some spare stuff aside when you first…

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CameronRobertson
Jan 26, 2017 4:14 pm
CameronRobertson
cross74
cross74
20 January 2017

Zacuba Bricks

Zacuba Bricks

Does anyone know if you can still source Zacuba bricks? PGH have a similar colour but the Zacuba are slightly smaller than a standard brick. I am doing an extension and…

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cross74
Jan 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Jennie1
Jennie1
27 December 2016

Council Inspections

Council Inspections

The NSW Ombudsman complaint handling work is aimed at exposing and eliminating conduct that is illegal, unreasonable, unjust or oppressive, improperly discriminatory,…

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Jennie1
Dec 27, 2016 8:40 pm
leni
leni
11 December 2016

Kitchen Hob wall

Kitchen Hob wall

Will you replace the kitchen? Maybe just remove the whole Wall.

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leni
Dec 11, 2016 2:02 am
leni

That's very logical - I think I'll go with this. On another note, the stonemason mentioned there might be a 5mm gap between the benchtop and the IKEA cabinets due to…

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johnzo
Nov 28, 2016 9:23 am
hendyb
hendyb
16 November 2016

Drafter recommendations for Sydney/St George area

Drafter recommendations for Sydney/St George area

Hi, I'm thinking of doing a ground extension and general renovations and have a hard time to find excellent drafters as most of them that I could find on the internet does…

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hendyb
Nov 16, 2016 9:13 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
1 November 2016

Suspended weight from rafters

Suspended weight from rafters

That'll be fine. It's just like you walking on the rafters. Effectively you have 5kg on each rafter. Not a problem at all

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Crazyk
Nov 01, 2016 7:07 pm
Crazyk
GillyM
GillyM
31 October 2016

Stripping of Outdoor Deck

Stripping of Outdoor Deck

We have a large outdoor deck which was coated with Intergrain Ultradeck. Most of the deck is fine, but around the edges (where it gets the most sun & rain) it is peeling.…

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GillyM
Oct 31, 2016 1:04 pm
GillyM
4wdewok
4wdewok
23 October 2016

Builder/ Carpenter Newcastle area

Builder/ Carpenter Newcastle area

Hi all, We have just bought our first home I am looking at removing a load bearing wall and reducing the size of another to open up the living areas. I have been into the…

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4wdewok
Oct 23, 2016 9:11 pm

Hi All My wife and I Moved into my Masterton Home about 1 year ago and have a decent size home theater room. A niche was installed against one of the walls. The niche is…

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Faulksy
Oct 14, 2016 12:49 am
Jazz926
Jazz926
10 October 2016

MDF Skirting Painting and filling nail hole

MDF Skirting Painting and filling nail hole

Thanks mate. Love the sound of Liquid Nail as it's sounds like a nice clean easy solution. Do you reckon over time it may peel or lose its adhesiveness? If I go Liquid…

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Jazz926
Oct 10, 2016 1:11 am
RJ_McGray
RJ_McGray
6 October 2016

Second Story Addition Sydney

Second Story Addition Sydney
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hi , sorry it has been a while since I checked in here! We live in Sylvania, down in the Sutherland shire. Yes, even though there was not an architect, we had plenty of…

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RJ_McGray
Oct 06, 2016 6:16 am
RJ_McGray
Stewie D
Stewie D
29 September 2016

Replacing a Faucet on a Pedestal Sink

Replacing a Faucet on a Pedestal Sink

You need a basin spanner or basin wrench. A 300mm long shaft with a hinged end and serrated arm to get into tight places. Like this one here...

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Stewie D
Sep 29, 2016 2:59 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
26 September 2016

How to find tradesmen and contractors

How to find tradesmen and contractors

Hey Guys Just wanted to share a short video with you on how I find my contractors and store all their information - https://youtu.be/2DKst_woViw I have had a few…

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Our Build123
Sep 26, 2016 1:00 pm
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