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18 h18 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Non compliant cladding crisis

Needs to be rendered with acrylic render, so not so cheap.
Can be easily damaged if installed on the ground floor.
Instead of EPS as a cladding prob. makes more sense to…

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

Installation is on top, roughly $40-70 per sqm GST, depending on the method.

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

I guess she meant laminate for $25 per sqm which is doable and it is probably water resistant too (to some extent, but certainly not water proof).
The only really waterproof…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building at th back side of a street

This kind of block provides you with great levels of privacy as well as luxury of having 2 yards (to the either side of your building), which means you have…

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7 d7 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

Interesting, how you still do waffles on E sites "for decades" as it is pretty much prohibited ;)
Also interested to hear how do you generally…

7 d7 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

Well, ask experts on this forum.
I would rather refer to buildinginspector experience, who have inspected tens of thousands of home. Insider above is also an expert on foundations.
Cornell Engineers is…

7 d7 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
What are these powerpoint and smart light switch?

SAA switches from Alibaba suppliers need to be tested and evaluated on case by case basis. But most of the latest I have seen are comparable in quality with Clipsal…

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

"Waffle slabs are not recommended on highly reactive clay sites (Class H1 and H2) because the requirements for good drainage are almost impossible to achieve."
Just evaluate the odds of getting…

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
What are these powerpoint and smart light switch?

Outlet looks like Iconic (but they don't seem to have USB one on their Web site), but light switch is smth different (man, those Iconic light switches are really ugly!)
Similar…

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

"Now we are talking!" :)
They have managed to rectify and lock up fairly quickly, from what I see.
Is it Hebel outside?
Will you be able…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

It is NEVER a good idea to have waffle slab for either H1 or H2 soil.
Generally, it is not a good idea to have a waffle slab on any soil…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

I would definitely check your drawings with StructuralBIMGuy or CornellEngineers on this forum.
300 mm wall is certainly good enough and they probably try to use void formers for waterproofing, however,…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Re Chinese windows you would better check/ask in the Windows sub-forum.
For bathware there are many options/sites, e.g.:
https://www.bathwaredirect.com.au
https://www.highgrovebathrooms.com.au

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

Hydrostatic pressure will be coming from the side of the wall, not from the bottom.
1.85 m without proper drainage and waterproofing on the other side is a call for a…

12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

Sorry, is there an upper level slab at the top of the drop beam (which is in fact is a slab-supported retaining wall)?
I am struggling to understand how exactly it…

12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

Those do not look like treated at all.

12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Tiles are at
Baths/mixers etc. can be bought from online stores - there are many.
Windows - there are several Chinese window companies agents in Sydney.
But if I were you…

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

Bricks are also sustainable and most brick veneer constructions use them anyway.
Why not to build houses from bricks?
LOSP may not be carcinogenic but certainly are not adding to the health…

14 d14 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

I always wondered who and why will be building a house made of structural timber in termite infested areas.
This just doesn't seem to be logical, even though the timber…

15 d15 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Builder - Are we crazy?

Unless you have professional building experience and have at least 1M sitting in cash on your bank account, you'd better not follow OB route.
Best option will be to hire…

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

so where live load data is coming from?
So you would need to dismantle upper level and roof framing (lift with crane?), remove panels, buy and install yellow tongue, attach framing…

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Build Inspection on every stage - worth it and which stages?

The absolute majority of building surveyor inspectors/certifiers are just a bunch of lazy clowns.
Don't expect much from them.

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

So the owner was okay that 50 mm 1.1 MPa wall panels were used for the structural flooring and was rather recommending to use better installers?
Correct me if I…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

Alas!
Was this type of flooring specifically provisioned/signed off by the structural engineer and certifier?
Hebel PowerFloor is 75 mm, so quite surprised to see 50 mm panels on the floor, I…

25 d25 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double Garage in North Kellyville, NSW

Private certifier is always acting in the interest of council. You are talking about NSW wide "fast track" CDC approval (which stands for complying development certificate) and it is different…

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29 d29 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

$1200 per sqm in NSW won't be doable. Also, volume builder won't be able to build on a custom plan.
Good estimate for volume builder with medium finishes will be…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Hickinbothan in freeling

Stiffened rafts are much better than waffle pods, but if 1m+ deep footings are still buried in reactive soil/clay, it will be a bit of a concern. In NSW they…

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1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Sliding / Stacker door installation - Standard?

Really, I wouldn't worry about recess. Practically, it is never an issue, considering that you almost always have a step down after your stacker anyway.
Having extra protection from the…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Hickinbothan in freeling

E means piling, if everyone is doing waffle pod slabs, I really do not see much difference in cost of footings +-10 extra cubic meters of concrete for extra beams…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Drainage Issues along new concrete walkway

Isn't it a drainage pit on the first photo in the lower bottom corner?

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