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6 d6 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dryrod - any good ??

Well I decided I didn't have anything to lose, so bought and installed the dryrods, which was pretty simple. Drilled a row of holes along the mortar, shoved a dryrod…

23 d23 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Final progress payment issues

We had quite a few small items still to be completed after handover (we signed completion as we needed to move in as we had to be out of the…

23 d23 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
What is this tube?

Could be something related to NBN ?? Or could just be a marker for something below? Did you ask the builder?
I would dig down to see where it goes before…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dealing with stress and anxiety in regards to your house aft

Great to hear that things are working out better for you now

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1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Walk in Pantry shelf hights

Mine are at the builders default spacings of 500, 400, 500, 400 from the floor (with 2.7 ceiling) and it seems to work OK, I have never has a feeling…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Refinishing / cleaning of surface of pool

I got a couple of quotes for painting, which were under $5k. But both people who quoted said that it could only be expected to last around 10 years before…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Refinishing / cleaning of surface of pool

Our old pool was concrete, plaster and paint, and the paint had gone all patchy like yours, but worse. We looked at a few options. Repainting was under $5,000 but…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Tradesmen etiquette

A tradie told me the other day he was doing a job and asked the lady of the house if he could use the toilet, and she said he could…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDR - What would you do differently?

Do you already know what you want to build? Took us a year from when we decided to build to when the builder started building (Choosing a design, choosing a…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Demolition prior to construction approval

Most if the demolishers I spoke to required me to provide fencing. The fence hire company charged me the same whether I kept it for a week or 6 months…

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3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dryrod - any good ??

I have an old Edwardian brick semi-detached house, that has has ongoing rising damp issues along one wall. i am not keen to spend too much on it at this…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

We just did KDR in Melbourne, and our temporary rental had Evap. I am so glad we didn't put it in - it was terrible. Didn't do much on those…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Looking for advice on a foundation issue

Agree, may as well have smeared peanut butter on it

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
No floor waste in wet areas - problem?

None of the new houses I have seen around here have floor wastes.
Anything is possible but i guess it would be expensive, as you will need to remove tiles, cut…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
A&L awning windows with very restricted opening

I have the same winders with the plate and hole, I removed the plate by inserting a bent nail and pulling. Unfortunately the chains are very short, so already at…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

It is this one in Cream, it was an upgrade from the standard laminate. I wanted to go timber, but lost that negotiation.
A lot of people think it is timber…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

Builder was Urban Edge, house Andu 43, timber Frame, KDR in inner Melbourne. Here is a pic of upstairs

and entrance

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

We just built and have laminate throughout upstairs (no carpet anywhere).
We were very worried about the noise, so put an acoustic underlay under the laminate and also soundscreen insulation…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
NBN Connection Process

Same here, the ISP should chase NBN.
If you use a decent ISP the process will be a lot easier.
I recommend Aussie Broadband, who I used after my KDR. I…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Darbecca Quote on Inspection Reasonable?

best money I every spent when building my house.
Was 0.8% of the overall build cost - not somewhere where you want to skimp

6 months6 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Please help convincing me we didn’t make our house too big!

You can never have too much open space.
And just because space is there doesn't mean you have to fill it with furniture and things (aka crap)

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6 months6 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Samsung UA40C6900VF

Only 9 years late - suspect he hay have bought one by now!

6 months6 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDR + Building Urban Edge Andu 43

Darbecca were pretty good. We did all inspections and they found quite a few things, many of which were minor. UE responded to each item on each report and fixed…

6 months6 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Best pool size with children

Our old pool that we filled in recently had the deep part in the middle and shallow at both ends (one shallow end was a bit deeper than the other).…

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6 months6 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Builder won't let us nominate our surveyor (Victoria)

My builder did the same - said if I didn't use Group 4 there would be delays as they have SLAs with them etc etc etc . I expressed displeasure…

7 months7 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Comment on floor plans

You don't have much garden at the back. Assume double story is not an option to give you a smaller footprint and some garden at the back?

7 months7 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Replace skirting boards

1. You probably wouldn't even see nail holes. Can't tell from your picture how big the existing skirting is - If the new one is thinner a bigger problem you…

7 months7 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Timber Laminate Floor Sinks in Corner of Room

I agree with this, I have seen laminate layed on uneven concrete and it does what you describe
During my build my inspector checked and picked up that the concrete was…

7 months7 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Protecting your Slab

Yes we did, pic below. The concreter drilled into the side of the slab and put some dowels in to tie it together. We will paving it and the alfresco…

Protecting your Slab
7 months7 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Removing this Structure

I did this when I demolished an old house. Much to my amazement someone came and took it away and gave me a few hundred dollars into the bargain.

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