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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Breaks in Drainage Pipe

If your drainage pipes are broken then that is potentially a serious issue and a risk to foundation material. In my view, broken pipes must be replaced and drains tested…

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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
At contract stage, need help

Nuri, you mention that your private inspector does pre contract review, he then would be the best to advise you.
In signing a building contract there is no room for trust,…

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Varying mortar thickness - what are our options?

your SS does not have any authority so yes go to the top. You may need assistance from experienced building consultant

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Varying mortar thickness - what are our options?

The whole point of face brickwork is nice and uniform maintenance free appearance or else it would be common brickwork and you would not pay more for face bricks. So…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

No we don't check electrical, and in any case electrical is excluded from the reporting standard of AS 4349.1
I was merely saying that in my experience incidence of electrical faults…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sub-Standard Brickwork

OP is interested in aesthetics because their brickwork looks like crap.

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

qebtel wrote
"You are right Brancko, I am one in a million. Dont you love me even more?"
But how can I? You are not my type.
qebtel wrote "This may…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sub-Standard Brickwork

If you had read and comprehended the post then you would have known that the issue is not structural but an issue of aesthetics. Unfortunately, engineers are not qualified in…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sub-Standard Brickwork

Your inspector should be able to guide you whether full or partial demolition of brickwork was warranted or if not then likely compensation you may expect. I have in the…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sub-Standard Brickwork

If brickwork issue was identified at lockup, why was it not acted on when there was time to resolve it before it affects handover date? Now you are in a…

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9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

I have done close to 10K new home and pre purchase property inspections and electrical faults are someting that very rarely crops up.
In any case you will be under builder's…

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sub-Standard Brickwork

If you already have your own inspector then that is a question for him to guide you or did you just get lowest cost cheapie?

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sewerage smell from downstairs shower drainage

Good advice from basworth but if that does not work then you need to have a look at sewer vents. As sewerage is travelling it could create vacuum that siphons…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

It's on my web site www.buildingexpert.net.au click on book an inspection and it will be at the bottom of the page
building inspection agreement
timber pest inspection agreement
It's…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

qebtel says
" I never take my car to a mechanic, I never use a building inspector, I dont need anyne to tell me my pool is safely fenced....etc.etc.etc"
You are either…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

weather seal on the frame then

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

You have just vindicated everything I said and more. How is a "tick and flick" report not a waste of money?
But there are other aspects. Pre-purchase property report is essentially…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

The problem with vendor reports is that it could lead to the corrupted process where real estate agents(working for the vendor) control who does the inspection. Naturally, they may be…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Weatherproofing to class 10 buildings (NCC P2.2.2)

You are right P2.2.2 applies
Have you checked display home and
Your drawings and specification.
Slab should either be set down or be sloping toward outside to prevent water coming into the garage.
Maybe…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Final House Inspection

you should get your own independent inspector to guide you

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19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab

post a photo of your site plan and a photo of front side and rear of your house

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Inspector for PCI stage that can inspect ALL THE THINGS :)

I think you need to step back a little and seriously look at your expectations. Are you asking for a Superman?
Expertise is a narrow band of knowledge. No expert knows…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Home - Shipping container home or normal house?

I seriously looked at expandable container home 2 bedrooms 30K but then Nah! It did not comply with BCA and there would have been huge problems making it…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite control

Termites frequently build mud tunnels up stumps, that's why ant caps are a must and in case of BV house strips along wall as well, but dry and well-ventilated sub…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite control

Termite prevention is better than cure and essentially you should make your home unattractive and too hard to bother. The best policy is good design and detailing followed up by…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building consultant/inspector for Concrete in Adelaide

Maybe you can post few quality photos

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Wonderful news- a diabolical dispute settled!

Here is another dispute settled
Owner signed a contract with a project builder. Builder then came back and said "oops we can't do it, sewer point is too high, its developer's…

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