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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load bearing wall removal

I am glad I pointed you in the right direction and wish you well with your alteration.
By law building surveyors are required to forward a copy of building permit drawings…

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Issues with tiler, Questions.

If you are a competent builder you would tell the tiler before he starts that once waterproof membrane is finished it must be inspected by you and water tested …

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load bearing wall removal

You will need a building permit, removal of load bearing wall is a structural alteration
A registered builder will not give you any certificate unless there are rocks in his head…

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Outdoor floor drain/plumbing issue

you could try wet vacuum

6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
New roof tiles acceptable install?

Norfolk says
"In the NSW Department of Fair Trading guide to standards and tolerances, which references the national construction code it says:
6.8 Undulating tiled roof lines - Undulations in the…

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7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Retrospective shed/dwelling

Did you ask the council?
I am not familiar with QLD but if council refuses in Vic. you can appeal to VCAT it may be similar over there.
It doesn't cost to…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

I can see what you are getting at and it makes sense however real world is a great corruptor and before you know it there will be pretend tradies that…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

After seeing non compliant work self certified by the plumbers I am not in favour of self certification.
Why are you complaining old chippy? You get paid well for what you…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Mortar test cost?

Last time my client had the mortar lab tested it was $450

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
lead in conduit issue with Carlisle

Anytime before handover builder is responsible for any damage as builder is in charge and in possession of the site

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9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracks in brickwork

your home does not look badly damaged but you need to investigate the cause of the problem or it may get worse
If you are in Melbourne I can help you,…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Record the steps you have taken and the dealings with the council so that you can show if required you have taken proper steps if liability arrises.

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
WC Door Clearance Space?

a cavity sliding door will work

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Door hitting toilet - doorstop?

A door closer can restrict how much the door will open

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12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
WC Door Clearance Space?

I had the exactly the same situation and solved it by swinging the door out rather than into the toilet space, It works well for me

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspector - not really worth it

15 years ago I have invested in the best inspection equipment so that I can give my customers the best outcome. One of the items is thermal imaging camera. It…

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15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
URBAN MYTHS .... ?

Saint Mike said
"They are not silly people - they seem smart enough. BUT - they fell for it."
The seeds of self destruction are in all of us
Just don't let them…

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15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspector - not really worth it

brightstarshine said
" QBCC tolerances guide and convincing my builder to fix them. My builder finally agreed to fix them, since I pointed out the QBCC guide"
Your builder is well…

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16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspector - not really worth it

There are two issues here
The first one is competency. Your inspector should be a building consultant with tertiary qualifications and extensive building experience, which is much more than a building…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick veneer wall splitting and cracking

As far as I know your domestic insurance policy would be an event based. Poor workmanship is not an insurable event.
However do not let this stop you from asking your…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick veneer wall splitting and cracking

Two issues
1 Check and repair brick articulation joints to prevent further damage
2 Damage already done may be difficult or not economical to fix, in which case you may have to…

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Because if something goes wrong if you are 1% wrong you will be accountable for 99% of the fault.
I am no angel and have done the same in the past…

25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Hi Stewie
I find it hard to believe but then nothing surprises me anymore
The first example you give, was duty planner also a BS, qualified to give advice on structural matters…

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Occupancy & LPOD

If you are in Victoria then your builders warranty is 10 years for latent defects.

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

Any structural alteration will require a building permit. Before building permit is issued BS will ensure that member sized are adequate.
Nothing ever happens but when something does everyone runs for…

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is it recommended to get your own building inspector?

there are already many answers to your questions on this forum

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26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Occupancy & LPOD

You need answer to the question as to why engineer changed drainage design. The only plausible answer is that there was a request from the builder because once the drainage…

26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Studio on top of detached Garage - Bardia

There should be no significant issues to overcome, you should talk to the planning dept in your council for guidance, they will be helpful if you ask nicely. Then get…

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