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Beetaloo

Rural South Australia
Joined 16 April 2014
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22 d22 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
When is the correct time to start organising trades?

Allow one month min and 2 ~ 3 months max. An issue will be coordinating deliveries with tradies as one does not want materials left out in the open for…

25 d25 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

quote "We have three areas that will be exposed to the elements so I'd like to ensure we don't have a situation in winter where heat is being transferred…

27 d27 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

I built in SA. I put up a sign with my name, phone number and site address.
This makes it easier for deliveries to be left at the correct site.
If the…

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

thanks for your comments. It has been very difficult building 160km from the nearest hardware store. And my build has been complicated by major bush fires (3 off)…

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

While I was waiting for the sunset, this is a photo I happened to take of a local bird (I would have thought I would fly better if it used…

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1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

I am at my country property this Easter. No building work to do. Just splitting some logs for firewood in preparation for winter, and watching this sunset over a…

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1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Bricklayer - Melbourne

Re cleaning of bricks. Cleaning depends on the type of brick. A glazed or hard burnt brick does not soak up mortar stains much and is easily cleaned…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Repairing render on a Hebel Block wall

I don't like the wall being below finished ground level According to Hebel's web site, Hebel PowerBlock must not be used at or below ground level.

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Costing a build

The simplest way is to get a builder or quantity surveyor to prepare a budget cost based on $$ sq/m for standard finishes. A detailed cost breakdown and material…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Bricklayer - Melbourne

If there are any houses being built near you, drive around one working day & if and bricklayers are working, introduce yourself and ask if they would consider doing your…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Reverse Brick Veneer

I can't answer your question re costs in Adelaide as I built as an owner builder in rural South Australia.
My house is solar passive with double brick in living areas…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Cupboards Or Drawers?

I have been disappointed with the longevity (or lack of) with my drawers. The runners started failing after only 5 years on the most used drawers and several more…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
First timer

I have gone down the owner builder path twice. Not to save money but because in both cases volume builders would not build on my land (to difficult).

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Minor update on the fire near my property. The fire is now officially out. It was caused by heavy machinery hitting rock and creating sparks. (the road near my property…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Demo/Building a new garage

My insulated and lined 150m2 shed cost me about $50,000 to build but I did the gyprock and painting myself.

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Can you please post examples of garage door / front door

I painted my front door Rhubarb (a bright sophisticated shade of red)
It leads visitors directly to the main front door.

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner building out of surburbia, need help

I would have solar hot water service, bottled gas for cooking & wood for heating.
I have found that one bottle of LPG for cooking only lasts me 3 years.(the rental…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Re Termite protection, I poured my slab in one continuous pour and have left 160mm exposed edge to the slab all around the house (regulations require 100mm exposed edge for…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Only 2 weeks later and another fire threatened my property and I thought the fire season was nearly over.
The building on the left is my shed and the white dot…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

This is the painted walls. The render soaked up an enormous amount of paint and 3 coats were required.

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

This is a photo of an unpainted wall. The photo is uncompressed so if it is downloaded to PC, one should be able to zoom in.
I like the…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

I did use a large plastic float before the sponge float. I used a steel float to initially apply the render, then wood or plastic float to …

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3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

I ended up using a sponge float on my build. It gave the best results for me. (I tried steel & wood floats but my attempts with these were…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

I cement rendered the inside of my OB house. The first room (a bedroom), I did not like my results and I re-rendered the entire room. The second…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

No change to the fire overnight. There is no immediate threat to my property and the CFS are providing significant resources to deal with the fire.

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3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Actual costs were more than I had hoped for (about double). I did not get discounts on quarry products or concrete. I also had not factored in excess delivery…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

I needed about 120m2 of floor tiles for my living areas. I called in on tile suppliers every 2~ 3 months for over a year until tiles that…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!

Is $74.50 the actual price? My wallet would be feeling the hernia now.

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

I could not get any quotes for my house slab and I lack the strength, skills and equipment to do it all myself so I contracted the various parts out.
I…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Who do I get to fix a walk in robe?

Some retailers that sell DIY robes often have a list of installers that can install the robes (for those customers that are not DIYers)
Visit one of these DIY robe suppliers…

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