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Beetaloo

Rural South Australia
Joined 16 April 2014
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1 h1 hBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
10amp or 15amp?

A 10 amp plug will fit into a 15 amp power outlet but a 15amp plug will not fit into a 10 amp power outlet.
Go to Bunnings electrical area and…

15 h15 hBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
10amp or 15amp?

The photo is of a 10 amp power outlet. A 15 amp power outlet has a larger earth pin.

6 d6 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
What is this pipe?

Whatever the pipe is, do not cover it up. Either raise the pipe to be flush with the decking or install an access hatch in the decking directly over…

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7 d7 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Whirlybird Question

whirlybirds generally are a good idea (unless the house is in a high fire risk area) however ventilation louvres, typically installed under eaves, should also be installed to allow outside…

14 d14 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Which order for tiling a bathroom

Rightly or wrongly the order that I tiled my bathrooms was as listed below:
I did the floor last to prevent it from being damaged when tiling the walls.
I also…

14 d14 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Terry has now posted some info on the start of his Tajikistan trip.
Link is

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16 d16 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Large formal lounge

My weekender is designed for casual living only. It has only one open plan north facing living area which includes casual living with dining and kitchen. This living area is…

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24 d24 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Time wasting trades

I have found that hourly rates are the way to go for civil work (i.e for a dozer or backhoe ). Getting a fixed price that is not inflated is…

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

I think you have done the best you can do with the planning constraints of your site.
I had no such issues with plot ratios as my land is 350,000m2 not…

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1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

oops, my secondary bedrooms are 15 to 16 m2 plus area for robes. As a hands on owner builder, reducing the size my bedrooms would not have resulted in any…

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Building a narrow house on a wide land advantages.

It depends where north is. Ideally the main living areas should face north if the block allows it.

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner build a solar passive house

On my build I wanted to capture as much heat as possible from the north so I used standard glazing on the north facing windows. My eaves overhand was calculated…

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

Yes,
AS1684.4 (part 4 is for non-cyclonic areas and includes span tables)
I assume that you are building in a non-cyclonic area.
The NCC National Construction Code for Class 1 buildings…

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

I went to my library and searched for books on how to build a house. I only selected books written in Australia so they referred to Australian building regs.
I eventually…

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

I used "Silver Wrap" which has 100's of tiny holes in it to make it breathable as specified in the installation instructions for the Linea Scyon cladding. The manufacturer…

1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

I am not a tiler, so I tiled under the kitchen cabinets as this was easier for me.rather than carefully cut the tiles around the cabinets after.
Also there is…

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

The internal corners needed extra studs. My external corners already had double studs.
I initially tried Linea AL external Corner Soakers but did not like them so I changed to Linea…

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

Yes the Linea Scyon boards are all 4.2m lengths but the ends are supplied with tongue and groove. As the end to end joints are made, one fills the…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Choice of anchor into brick?

I don't like plastic plugs as the plastic softens when the wall heats up.
Ue a metal fastener similar to a dyna bolts or better still, chemset anchors..

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

I could not lay those big tiles by myself. I would need someone to help me. I see Hombre has bought 2 tile lifters. Is there something…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Using "C" purlins for a loft floor

I put a mezzanine floor in my shed.
I used 150mm steel floor joists at 450mm centres spanning 4.0 metres.
I did not use "C" sections for the floor joists but…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner build a solar passive house

I designed and Owner built a solar passive house in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
Winter is now nearly here. This will be my first winter with the house 100% complete.
So…

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

Winter is now nearly here. This will be my first winter with the house 100% complete.
So far my solar passive design in working really well.
The days…

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2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

He will just take them off one by one to paint and put back after.
That is what I ended up doing. I wish I had this advice a year…

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2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

I bought my internal doors as a "special order"' from Bunnings. I even used these doors on my built-in cupboards. (Sometimes first time visitors walk into a…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Frames, Timber or Steel ??

I used steel frames on my shack (so I had somewhere to stay whilst building my house).
I regretted using the steel frames. I found them more difficult to use than…

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2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

I now know where to come to wash my clothes if the sheep beat me to their trough.
Having a country property now for + 10 years I see things a…

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2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA - Fitouts ongoing

Your laundry looks great. More like what I see in luxury city apartments.
My humble build does not have a laundry. I will be washing my clothes in the sheep's…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo 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…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo 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…

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