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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Underpinning works and renovations

I would recommend you have your home inspected by experienced building consultant to determine the condition and ive you advice. A good building consultant has likely seen your type of…

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12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB

Nice idea old chippy but I have been around long enough to know how easily self certification can be corrupted.
Have a look at self certified roof plumbing and box gutters…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB

Yes it may seem annoying to need a permit to do almost anything but as a builder and property inspector with thousands of homes inspected for pre purchase let me…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice on the Pre-Completion Inspection

What you posted is visually unacceptable workmanship. You should get your own independent inspection because there may be other issues with your home

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House slab

Separate concrete pours mean there is a construction joint and that may create a termite entry risk

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Digging under house slab

You will need a building permit if your pool holds more than 300mm of water, it will be deemed a child drowning risk and pool fencing will be required.

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Should l use only a licensed builder

You will run the risk of getting the builder that either cannot be registered due to lack of skill or has been de registered for wrong doing to customers. Why…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Raising house on concrete slab

You will need to overcome compliance issues, start with an architect or a good building designer

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Water pooling against house and pathway issues

have you considered roofing over?

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Opening up roof and sarking for wiring: common practice?

How come there is no access manhole for roof space?

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Door Issue

The gap is not acceptable and there is a need to keep the weather out, it will not meet performance requirements of NCC and the energy report. ECO ECO is…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What to do when the builder refused to rectify the defects?

The kitchen elevation shows continuous bench top with no free standing cooker.
Either the drawing is wrong or the specification, in any case it's builder's mistake if builder provided the drawings.
Mistake…

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Renting out primary residence as holiday house

There are a lot of things to consider
If your property is unique you may get a higher rental, if not then you may be competing with many mediocre location properties…

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brand new house - Rising damp issue

If you are in Melbourne I can assist you

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building closer to the bay in VIC

You have to remember that a building surveyor will ensure compliance (minimum standard) but you can always and should do more. Your building designer should be able to advise your…

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building closer to the bay in VIC

The closer you are to the breaking surf then more corrosion you can expect. My cottage is 4m from king tide and breaking surf (Frederick Henry bay Tas) and I…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracked Ceiling

If it looks like the above 2 dwellings it is slab heave/subsidence

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracked Ceiling

The most likely cause is the ground movement, either slab edge subsidence or slab centre heave causing tension in the ceiling and cracking plaster.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Raft Slab - Pipe lagging

Wastes vertically through slab are not lagged and should also have termite protection collar if in termite declared areas.
If you lag the pipes , termites can enter your home through…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Wrong bracing used, can other side of stud wall be braced co

Yes you can brace the other side of the stud wall

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Leaking walls

You could try application of clear waterproofer on the brickwork

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Foundation holding water.

There are too many unknowns for a meaningful response. You should have your home inspected by experienced building consultant who will determine what is happening with your home and recommend…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Walk away from my 18K land deposit or somehow settle? SE Mel

It does not change anything I said.
The agent cannot give you escape because vendor will likely sue you for more than forfeited deposit.
The 50 k saving is not open to…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Foundation holding water.

How old is your home, have you got soil report, can you get some photos posted?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is it cheaper to buy new/established house in SE Melbourne

Same storey all over again.
There are many price hunters and very few value hunters.
There is a very big difference between price and value but you do need to do…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Walk away from my 18K land deposit or somehow settle? SE Mel

This is not a legal advice but failing to settle on the contract is a breach of contract and damages may be sought by the vendors.
They may take legal action…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Another defective house story

It's because of strong lobbies from interested "well funded" parties that make political donations against a mass of disorganised homeowners.
It only takes a good donation at the right time and…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
New builds, termite concerns

AS experienced and accredited timber pest inspector I can answer your questions
If the frame was attacked during construction then it is established termite nest nearby because new nest will take…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-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…

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