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3timesbuilda

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7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Australian House Prices - Are they going to crash?

According to this:
http://www.theage.com.au/business/joble ... 1inr9.html
The jobless rate is on the up which means that the RBA has another reason to cut interest rates at it's next…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Australian House Prices - Are they going to crash?

Another thing to consider is that the Aussie dollar has also fallen a fair bit. If it stays down, property prices start to look more attractive to those investors from…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Australian House Prices - Are they going to crash?

A number of news articles today about CBA and Westpac cutting interest rates on their fixed interest loans by as much as 0.6%. Also talk of 0.75% cut by the…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
how big is your elec bill? (those with gas heating) Melb

Our were significantly worse than what are being quoted here. We were getting combined gas and electricity bills in the range of $450 to $650 per MONTH!! This was shortly…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Australian House Prices - Are they going to crash?

We have close to full employment, one of the strongest economies in the world, historically low interest rates, growing demand/population (immigration) and good housing stock. We also have good infrastructure,…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Where to buy fruit trees?

My personal experience is that digging a big hole and filling with friable soil/ potting mix etc is not a good idea in hard or clay soils. The hole ends…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Anyone ever had to sell at handover? Advice please!!!

Bear in mind that any profit you make will be taxable because this will not be considered your ppr. Keep all receipts and doco to show what you really spent.

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Where to buy fruit trees?

Personally I like Daleys (online) for their wide range. Still need to be careful selecting for your environment but lots to choose from.
http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
how big is your elec bill? (those with gas heating) Melb

What cmhamilton said and just to add after over 26 years in the field including fixing the darn things to component level (no board swapping), working with 19 inch hard…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
how big is your elec bill? (those with gas heating) Melb

This is just too funny....I wonder how many actually believed you. :lol: :lol: :lol:

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Heating capability of heat pumps in cold climates like Hobar

Have you considered a ground source heat pump? The reason that the air source heat pump struggles, is because it is hard to extract heat from cold temps eg -1C…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Bed Linen recommendations?

We have 1000TC from both Target and Adairs. Adairs are far superior. Shame they were more than double the price. You get what you pay for.

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
LED downlights

Worth also mentioning that one of those web sites claims 150lm/w at 700ma so only 3 emitters might be needed or 4 with a bit more output.

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
LED downlights

Think_wise,
Thanks for you response. I would like to ask you a few further questions.

According the these sites, at 350ma, the device performs at 160 lumens per watt:
http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/7/11/12
http://www.ledsales.com.au/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=148_188&products_id=802
http://flashlight-wiki.com/Cree
If we apply the…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
LED downlights

I thought that these just have the transformer built in? I would imagine a small inbuilt transformer would be less efficient?

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
LED downlights

Think wise,
Do your Genesis 16 Watt lamps use the CREE XM-L T6 LED? I note that these run at a claimed 100 lumen per watt which is exceptional efficiency if…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Builder Contract Penalties

We built our double storey on a sloping block (cut and fill) and it took around 15 months but our build was unattended for most of the time and it…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Builder Contract Penalties

14 months sounds like a very long build time... What exactly are you building?

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
New powerpoints with USB ports for charging stuff

The web site says:
Once the retractable doors close after charging the power to the port is cut
The don't say the power to the TRANSFORMER is cut. This is a concern…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Hmmm seems expensive...

Personally I am looking at doing it myself but I don't intend to grid connect it. Since I am planning to custom build, I am considering running 12V lines that…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Calling all people with Raintanks,i need help PLEASEEEEES!!!

Consider getting a stainless steel one, they look great and last forever without any unpleasant taste.

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Glancing lighting???

Pictures...or it didn't happen! :)

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Hmmm seems expensive...

Yeah, I've found that shipping/customs etc can more than double the cost of items brought in China. I am thinking that closer to my build, I will visit china, arrange…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Water seepage through concrete (still going!)

Why not on a dry day stick a hose pipe into your gutter and run it for half an hour. If the water starts to come out heavily over the…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Hmmm seems expensive...

They are either stock walking out the back door or individual cells. I wouldn't deal with either in China. If they are out the back door, you risk time in…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Hmmm seems expensive...

Sorry, I simply don't believe this. The raw materials alone would swamp this cost. More likely they mean that the individual cells that make up a panel cost 2 bucks.…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Negotiating Site Costs - Anyone had any luck.

I have noticed that volume builders do this a lot, it seems to be padding to claw back some money from all their discounts.
I would be interested to know it…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
How many litres is your hot water system?*frost free panel q

With hot water units, you can usually vary the temp. If you have a smaller tank, you can up the temp a bit and then mix with more cold water.…

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Orientation question - how far off north is still optimal?

indi,
What time did the sun start coming in in both places? Personally morning sun would be more useful to me to rewarm the house after the cold night.

7 years7 years3timesbuilda3timesbuilda posted:
Formula Homes anyone??

We built with Formula and moved in around 3 years ago. It took about 15 months to build and was a very long and painful process. I am sure there…

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