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21 h21 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
foundation damage on faulty sprinkler

Any good building consultant should be able to inspect and prepare a report for you.
If you did not have independent inspection during construction it makes sense to have one now…

22 h22 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Another defective house story

Nothing will happen until you begin VCAT proceedings but before you do that you have to go through BDRV.
You can begin with your claim if you have expert report and…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Private inspector

Private inspectors are not part of the contract between the owner and the builder but are there to advise you. They have no power to direct the builder.
I have been…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Replacing porch support beams

Good advice from arcadelt
If you replace posts you may consider Cypress pine or treated pine for new posts they are more durable
Don't forget oil based timber primer to the bottom…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
small sink in toilet when building new home

If your space its tight you could buy a skinny handbasin and have it recess fitted after completion if your builder won't do it.
I am about to retro…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
foundation damage on faulty sprinkler

Water getting into foundation material is never a good thing however you may or may not have damage.
You should have your home properly inspected or assessed to see if anything…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Another defective house story

As I suspected you have not engaged your own expert, instead relying on other parties whose aim is to prevent liability.
The simple fact is that your home under warranty…

2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Another defective house story

Do you have anyone working for you or are you relying on builders engineer?

2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Another defective house story

The disadvantage of buying a finished house is that there is no evidence of poor drainage during construction. On the plus there are VCAT decisions against the builders and orders…

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

You need someone with contract management skills to do a full contract and payment reconciliation so you know your big picture
however no amount of accounting will change what I have…

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Why don’t builders build on stumps?

Yes , what happened about re foresting the planet and reducing co2 emissions. Timber is co2 bank

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

If I was guessing I would say that the builder has got most of your money (because of "S" cash flow curve) the money is spent and now what is…

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Why don’t builders build on stumps?

Before large scale introduction of concrete slabs houses were built as brick veneer on stumps and timber floors. I have built many for Housing Commission of Victoria in the seventies…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave on house we built in 2010. What next?

I have already written on this forum that slabs are a con of the century, a profit printing machine for the builders. Why would they build timber floors or equivalent…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Query re. Council Powers to deny us access to our Home

Why is council involved? Who is your relevant building surveyor? Has the plumber lodged paperwork for completion? Has your builder applied for occupancy permit or are you OB
I would be…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Crooked walls, bulk head, edgings...

Two mistakes
1 Getting inspector recommended by the builder
2 Getting inspector that identifies defects but does not know how to guide you
That's why you are still asking questions

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Itemised Build Invoice

You got it wrong.
You are presenting the builder with the plans and specifications of what you want, builder provides you with the price for it. That's it.
Alternatively builder is presenting…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

Don't be put off. Pre purchase inspection reports have limitations, exclusions and disclaimers and there are very good reasons for that however if the defects should have been reported and…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
How to seal gap under main door and door frames

External doors should be fitted with weather seals to keep water out and stop air convection. Properly fitted seals will keep spiders out.
Internal doors usually have gap at the bottom…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Itemised Build Invoice

As a builder I would not give it to you, its none of your business what the break up is. If you were the builder you would do the same.
Estimate…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder’s warranty and modifications.

You are assuming a lot, I have seen qualified builders cut braces and other structural elements they should not.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder’s warranty and modifications.

What if whilst you are making bigger opening you cut vital wall bracing?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Must final payment be paid before handover?

Have you read your building contract and do you understand the concept of practical completion and the procedures of final inspection?
If so you will have you answers, if not then…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Trenching for slab - concerns of trench work need help

They have not yet finished the pads with packing sand
This is what it should look like

Trenching for slab - concerns of trench work need help
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3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
H Slab - Screw Piles

Welcome to the forum Mark and it is proper that you have upfront declared interest in the companies where you work. That is a decent approach and I for one…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Which Slab is Better? Waffle Pod or Raft Concrete Slab???

As a builder myself I prefer raft slabs. Waffle pods in my opinion are closer to the risk edge and savings to the builder are not passed on to the…

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3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

No! It is not an audit of everything in your contract but an overview check for the main items plus the advice what to do about it if there is…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

Then you have wasted your money.

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sums

Why is your own private inspector not guiding you?

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