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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 h2 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite control

Termites frequently build mud tunnels up stumps, that's why ant caps are a must and in case of BV house strips along wall as well, but dry and well-ventilated sub…

15 h15 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite control

Termite prevention is better than cure and essentially you should make your home unattractive and too hard to bother. The best policy is good design and detailing followed up by…

15 h15 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building consultant/inspector for Concrete in Adelaide

Maybe you can post few quality photos

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

Here is another dispute settled
Owner signed a contract with a project builder. Builder then came back and said "oops we can't do it, sewer point is too high, its developer's…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Guide to Standards and Tolerances is Bible"Book of Excuses"?

This is what I absolutely hate about Guide to Standards and Tolerances
Australia's most professional builder is hiding behind the guide for entry door that is badly bowed and cannot seal…

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9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Water Leaks during PCI

The leak could be from plumbing or a roof leak or both however, it is unlikely that you will have a mould problem from a short term leak that has…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Subfloor moisture problem

If your moisture level in timber is 17-20% it is too high, it should be 10-14%. Anything over 18% sets of conditions suitable for rot, mould and termites.
All homes with…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
drainage responsibility

From what you posted you have paid for capped service provisions for future use, that would require complete hook up to sewerage.
It seems builder missed it and now does not…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pressure from builder to sign contracts

I think you should stand your ground and ensure all errors are fixed before you sign the contract. I would also recommend pre contract review either with a lawyer specialising…

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16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Removing brick internal walls - Californian bungalow Sydney

As you are proposing structural alterations you will also need a buildiing permit.

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What to inspect during construction phase

Unless you have professional building knowledge you won't know what to look for. Consider getting your own independent inspector for critical stages of your build.

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
PCI Issues before handover

If you are on a standard contract it will have agreed procedure for PCI inspection and recording of defects. Follow the contract and make sure builder blinks first.Buy your own…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Flashing poorly installed - any thoughts?

Yes I think it's ghastly.Why don't you post photo of builder's display home flashing?

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice please waterfront property Brisbane for $545,000

Yes, I love Queensland and Tassie as well. We have had many guests from Queensland and some of our best reviews are from them.
Yes it is colder but the big…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Demolition recommendation

I am with our build 123 on this one, make sure they remove old footings and restore the site. What about site drainage? They could ruin your site if water…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice please waterfront property Brisbane for $545,000

I think that cant decide makes a very good point about how suburbs can change and explode in value. The plain fact is that God does not make any more…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Signed contracts expecting a raft slab, now I'm being told i

From the information you posted, you are entitled to expect raft slab and builder cannot change to waffle without your consent.(I would not allow it)
Builder has no leg to stand…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Should I need a pest control for a brand new home ?

Regardless of termite protection, annual inspections are essential because Termites can breach or go around termite barriers.
It is essential to detect Termite activity before serious damage occurs.
Also if you have…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Poor framework

It is standard building practice to straighten timber walls with planning studs bowed out and packing studs bowed in. In most cases there will be no significant detriment to the…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab poured 3 weeks ago, now cracked

There is usually diagonal reinforcing at slab corners to prevent cracking like this. Has anyone checked slab preparations for you before concrete was poured?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Problems due to metropolitan housing density

It's going to get denser and busier, denser with housing and busier on the streets. There are no easy solutions when so many people are coming to live in Melbourne.I…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof flashing material by sight

To me that looks like a standard valley gutter made from zincalume steel

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Subfloor supports: what are they used for?

It is impossible to tell without sub floor inspection and a closer look and building permit review whether the sub floor supports were installed to rectify a floor frame defect…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Getting an occupancy certificate

Try fishing or restoring an old boat or better still head first into another build job

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Bushfire levy revoked but builder burbank still charging

Yes, you can get a lawyer however that could be an expensive option or if you get your independent inspector who is also experienced in contract administration he should not…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Changes to Building Act in Tasmania

Tasmania has embarked on seismic changes to building regulations and its quite interesting
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/polit ... 28dd54122d

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Getting an occupancy certificate

There have been some very recent and substantial changes to Building Act in Tasmania
Talk to the council then talk to your building surveyor
information you will get will be invaluable

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Bushfire levy revoked but builder burbank still charging

Typical example of builder treating owner as a pushover, I have seen it many times.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Bushfire levy revoked but builder burbank still charging

arcachon is right, if you have signed building contract this must be processed as a post contract variation and you should get a credit for the bal allowance. Your independent…

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